WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four students from Thaon-les-Vosges, France, were announced today as the Winners of the Honeywell/SAE International Student Automotive Design Challenge.
The educational program relies upon employee volunteers from Honeywell to help foster a desire to learn more about science in middle school students in schools around the world. They use the A World In Motion® curriculum which was developed by the SAE Foundation and is a past winner of the National Science Foundation's prestigious Public Service Award.
The program integrates science, math, technology, social studies and language arts by assigning students to a mock corporation to research, design, test and build electric gear-driven toy cars. Students work in design teams of four to build a vehicle and write proposals, draw sketches, model designs and develop plans that meet the specific set of design requirements identified in market research.
More than 300 students from 10 schools in nine countries around the world participated in the program this year. Countries included China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Switzerland, Romania and the U.S.
Honeywell/SAE SADC began in 2008, and the students shared their work with their global peers via an online forum hosted on the program's Web site. The forum enabled teachers, students and volunteers to post pictures of their classes, e-mail each other, and share information about their work.
More than 50 volunteers from Honeywell participated in the program in 2011.
The 2011 SADC winners include: 1. Cosmic Turtle Team from Thaon-les-Vosges, France. 2: (R)evolution Car AG from Glinde, Germany. 3: Four Leaf Clover from Shanghai, China
"The Student Automotive Design Challenge is as much fun for our employees as it is for the students," said Joe Toubes, Vice President of Communications at Honeywell Transportation Systems. "As one of the world's leading technology companies, we hope to inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators through programs like this that make science and math education attractive to students."
"We want to congratulate the winners of the 2011 Honeywell/SAE SADC. They should be extremely proud of their accomplishments," Matthew Miller, Director, SAE Foundation and Pre-College Programs, said. "But the reality is that all of the students are winners, as are the volunteers who made the program happen. Through Honeywell/SAE SADC, we were able to help give these students the knowledge and tools they need to understand why science and math skills are important and how they can help create positive and lasting change. I want to thank Honeywell for their support and partnership, without which none of this would have been possible."
About SAE International
SAE International is a global association of more than 134,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com .
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