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Auto Design Contest for School Children - an SAEINDIA initiative Print E-mail
Written by Viswanath   
Tuesday, 02 September 2008
Here is a contest with full of fun & challenges for Secondary School Students called “A World in Motion” (AWIM). These are the two main ingredients in this SAEINDIA innovative, hands-on, physical science curriculum, designed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), USA.

AWIM curriculum joins together teachers, students, volunteering engineers and scientists in an exploration of physical science, mathematics, arts and technology by taking on challengers in engineering design context.

The Programmed is introduced nationwide by SAEINDIA with the help of following sponsors:Honeywell Turbo (India) Pvt. Ltd. for Pune ; Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. For Nasik, Chakan and Pimpri Chinchwad ; Ashok Leyland for Chennai ; Maruti Udyog Ltd. For Delhi & Gurgaon.

The program is initiated by first training the Science and Art/Craft teacher along with volunteering engineers. They further train the students and then competition is arranged among the students to evaluate the best entry, technically and aesthetically.  

Mr. Shrikant Marathe, Director of Pune based “The Automotive Research Association of India” (ARAI), who its also Vice President of SAEINDIA said “ARAI is promoting AWIM with the Sponsorship of Honeywell Turbo (India) Pvt. Ltd. in various schools of Pune. We wrote to 21 schools initially, out of which 10 school have agreed to participate in this programme. We believe in life long education in automotive engineering and to achieve that we offer different programmes for practicing engineers, engineering students and school children. We are also running a post-graduate M.Tech. Course in Automotive Engineering”. Mr. M. S. Kumar, President of SAEINDIA said “SAEINDIA has more than 15000 student members and development of Human Resource to re-orient them towards hard-core engineering is one of the main tasks. For engineering college students, we have initiated programmes like BAJA SAEINDIA and FORMULA SAE”.

AWIM was started in the U.S first and India is the second country where this programme is being implemented” says Mr. S. Selvamani, Sr.VP of WABCO TVS (India) Ltd. and Chairman, SAEINDIA (Southern Section) and Mr. S. Shanmugam, CEO of Design Desk (India) Pvt. Ltd. Both of them are the main trainers of AWIM in India and they have visited various cities of India to train around 150 teachers and 75 volunteers across the nation. They add, “It is a step in SAE’s Sustained effort towards enriching knowledge, networking and training, where SAEINDIA has indigenized the programme to suit the Indian context”.

In Pune, Honeywell Turbo (India) Pvt. Ltd. is sponsoring this programmed and facilitating its implementation”. Mr. N. P. Thimmaiah, Managing Director of Honeywell says, “Honeywell is sponsoring such programmes in USA too and there is need for a much more rigorous awareness of science and technology among students. I think this programme is very relevant since it channelizes a sense of curiosity among children when they are young. Moreover, studying scientific principles or concept with the help of practical examples helps in easy understanding and also encourages them to think independently as well as in team”. He added that “Honeywell proposes to scale it up to 20 master trainers trained in the next one year, so that we can cover more government and municipal schools”.

Dr. K.C Vora, Sr. Asst. Director, ARAI, who is also secretary of SAEINDIA says “Children learn concept such as inertia, friction and laws of motion effortlessly while making their dream cars, whereas the teachers get a chance to network with engineering professionals and industry for a meaningful interaction”. He added that, “AWIM program comprises of a series of four curricula referred to as “Challenges” for students in standards 6th to 9th. The students are provided with a kit containing raw materials to build toys and they are taught to design, build them and experiment with them.  In this process, students explore science, engineering and design. Each toy is a Challenge covering different automotive subjects.

In Pune, the training of school teachers and volunteers is arranged at ARAI on 29th & 30th Aug 2008, where various schools are participating like are Abhinav. Army Public School, Bal Shikshan, DAV School, Gurukul, st. Mary (Boys), St. Mary (Girls), St. Mira and Symbiosis School.

Some of the Principals of these schools have been very encouraging, Mrs. Kiran Jotwani, Principal of St. Mira was the first lady to applaud this programme.  She said, “My son who is studying Engineering has a passion for such out-of-classroom education and hence it is very easy for me to understand how this programme would help the school children to enhance their practical skills and orient them towards engineering”.  Mrs. Simoes, a young & dynamic Principal of St. Mary’s school was so impressed that in spite of her school function, she directed school teachers of both boys & girls section to attend the training programme.

The Students will compete in the programme in Sep./Oct. 2008 in Pune and the best entry would be sponsored to travel to Chennai for the AWIM Olympics scheduled on 15th Nov. 2008.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 September 2008 )
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