Nissan supports STEM education in Canton, Mississippi, through SAE International’s award-winning ‘A World in Motion’ program

Warrendale, PA Thirty-nine teachers (K-2) in the Canton Public Schools system engaged in hands-on training with SAE International’s award-winning A World In Motion program on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Goodloe Elementary in Canton, Mississippi, from 8:30 a.m. – noon.  


The training – along with ongoing teacher support and classroom materials and curriculum for over 1,000 students – was made possible through continued support by Nissan.


AWIM is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Benchmarked to the national standards, the AWIM program incorporates integrated STEM learning experiences through hands-on activities that reinforce classroom STEM learning.


“Nissan has been instrumental in the community for their long-term commitment to education,” Chris Ciuca, Director of Pre-Professional Education for SAE International, said. “Their support highlights the importance of cooperation among industry and education to ensure that our young students have the learning tools they need to succeed.”


The Rolling Things, Pinball Designers, Engineering Inspired by Nature and Straw Rockets challenges were developed through the generous support of Nissan in 2011. Each primary challenge requires students to participate in different engineering-related activities, then measure and record data based on their observations.


“Nissan supports many educational programs in both Mississippi and across the country to help our youth learn and grow,” said Steve Marsh, vice president, Manufacturing, Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant. “We are proud to work with SAE International to bring their award-winning training to Canton.”


To learn more about Nissan’s support of the Canton community, visit