AWIM Special Initiatives

The Alcoa Foundation

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At Alcoa, sustainability is an integral part of our culture and our core strategy. Alcoa Foundation invests where Alcoa has a presence to further sustainability and to partner with communities in addressing local needs as they adapt to a rapidly changing world. By making a gift to the SAE Foundation, Alcoa has exposed students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences through the A World In Motion®(AWIM) program.


Today's students are the technology leaders of tomorrow. This district-wide initiative partners volunteers from Alcoa and neighboring companies with teachers to bring science and technology to life in fifth grade classrooms across the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. These volunteers have given their time and expertise to help facilitate the AWIM program and to improve STEM achievement and retain interest at a critical age. The transition between fifth and sixth grades is when most students can lose interest in math and science subjects. Through Alcoa Foundation's generous financial support and Alcoa's employee volunteer participation, more than 4,000 Cleveland Metropolitan School District fifth grade students have experienced part of the AWIM curriculum. Additionally, PNC Charitable Trusts will be making a donation to this initiative for the 2013 - 2014 school year.

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  • To provide an opportunity for students to participate in hands-on activities that provide a foundation for STEM learning
  • To provide a unique experience for Alcoa and local industry volunteers to participate in the classroom learning experience, acting as content experts and mentors
  • To give fifth grade teachers in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District the opportunity to expand student exposure to quality STEM curriculum
  • To provide an avenue for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to obtain the National Science Board Award Winning AWIM curriculum for classroom use free of charge