Student Worlds in Motion

SAE International sponsors A World In Motion, which is a hands-on learning experience my students loved.

Students were able to design, build and test balloon-powered vehicles they made while working in teams. Student teams tested their vehicles and made modifications to improve performance, and even had a chance to participate in a friendly competition to find the best designed vehicle. Students learned important life skills in communication and cooperation during these project-based learning experiences.

Hands-on, authentic learning experiences are at the core of student success in my classroom.  Research indicates that authentic learning is an effective learning approach to preparing students for work in the 21st century. By situating knowledge within relevant contexts, learning is enhanced in all four domains of learning: cognitive (knowledge), affective (attitudes), psychomotor (skills), and psychosocial (social skills).

More information about SAE’s A World In Motion program can be found at this link:

Multiple resources on Authentic Learning Experiences are available through the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) at this link:


Stephanie Wojtowicz received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education as well as her master’s degree in Reading from Baldwin-Wallace College. She has been trained by the Ohio Department of Education as a teacher mentor for teachers who are new to the CMSD. She loves teaching and strives to connect her students to the world around them. Stephanie actively participates in a variety of school committees. She has been teaching in Cleveland for more than 20 years. Outside of the classroom, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling.