1. a craft, trade, or job requiring manual dexterity or special training in which a person has competence and experience:

“difficult work, taking great skill”


A skill is the learned ability to perform an action with determined results with good execution often within a given amount of time, energy, or both.






Or technical skills relating to a specific task or situation. It involves both understanding and proficiency in such specific activity that involves methods, processes, procedures, or techniques. These skills are easily quantifiable unlike soft skills which are related to one’s personality. These are also skills that can be or have been tested and may entail some professional, technical, or academic qualification.


 A combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, character or personality traits, attitudes, mindsets, career attributes, social intelligence and emotional intelligence quotients, among others, that enable people to navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills.

It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.

– Wilbur Wright


An ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities or job functions involving ideas (cognitive skills), things (technical skills), and/or people (interpersonal skills).


 According to the Portland Business Journal, people skills are described as: understanding ourselves and moderating our responses, talking effectively and empathizing accurately, building relationships of trust, respect and productive interactions.



 Watch the movie “GO Karts” on Netflix. Think over these discussion questions and how you would answer them in a group discussion:

The track owner, Patrick, appeared to be very brisk and ornery. Why do you think he made Jack work so hard before he would help them?

Why did Patrick make Jack paint the storage building wearing a hat with a paintbrush attached to it? Spray the track? Wash the karts with his feet? Drive 100 continuous laps and then clean out the shed?

Did the pile of parts that they used to build our go cart looks similar to our project we did for FABcamp last summer? How did Mandy use her engineering mindset?

Mandy’s father wouldn’t let her work at his own company building karts. Why do you think society makes women prove that they can be engineers and do the same thing that men do?

The different tasks that Patrick had Jack do at the race track, how did repeating those tasks build Jack’s skill set?



“An almost indispensable skill for any creative person is the ability to pose the right questions. Creative people identify promising, exciting, and most important, accessible routes to progress – and eventually formulate the questions correctly.”

Lisa Randall


Find your favorite SKILL quote and place it somewhere that you will see it every day. Your computer, your mirror, make a graphic you can print and hang on your wall, be creative and turn it into a piece of art! Submit your artistic creation for us to use on our social media channels to get extra points!


“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”

John Ruskin

“Some people, through luck and skill, end up with a lot of assets. If you’re good at kicking a ball, writing software, investing in stocks, it pays extremely well.”

Bill Gates

“In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn.”

John Naisbitt

“Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.”

Brian Tracy

“I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.”

Dean Koontz

“I like to solve problems. I know it is a skill set, but it’s also an obligation. I grew up with parents who believe that you don’t simply complain you try to find solutions and fix what’s in front of you.”

Stacey Abrams

“Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.”

Tony Buzan

“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.”

Robert Kiyosaki

“Schooling doesn’t assure employment, but skill does.”

Amit Kalantri



This month we will be celebrating #EngineersWeek and we want to show the world why girls can #BeThatEngineer. Tell your story of why you love engineering and the skills you posses that you will use to change the world! We all have super powers, this is your chance to highlight yours.

Think of this as a campaign that you would use to tell a college or employeer why you love this field so much. Why they should choose you because of your love for engineering. Remember, you use an engineering mindset in your daily life so accentuate that in your project. Whether your specialty is robotics, art, building, business, communication – this project should highlight the skills that you do best.

We will use your project submissions on all of our channels during #EngineersWeek February 21 – 28. Your project is due by February 20th and will be highlighted on our website and social media channels during our week of festivities. Hint, hint…that’s a great item to put in your portfolio and resume!



You will need to create branded material that we can use on our website and social media channels. Our branding style guide lists the colors and fonts to use. You can use logo 1, logo 2, logo 3 or logo 4.


Click here for: LOGO 1, LOGO 2, LOGO 3, LOGO 4

Due date: February 20, 2021

Topic: Why you love STEM, your superpower, engineering, the different skills that you have and how you use them

Your project should include one of these two:

  • Blog article 
  • Video (30-seconds or less)

And one of these two:

  • Graphic (square) and Social Media Post Wording (blurb, hashtags, links)
  • A quote that is a piece of art that we can post on our social media channels.

Elements to include in your project:

  • Athena Racing logo
  • In celebration of Engineering Week
  • #WEareSTEM
  • #GirlsinSTEM
  • #GirlsInEngineering
  • #EngineeringWeek

The Board of Directors will vote on their favorite using these criteria:

  • Entertaining
  • Smart & Classy
  • Creativity
  • Eye-catching
  • Effort
  • Athena Racing branding

This contest is open to members only. All members who participate will get 10 points, outstanding submissions will receive an extra 10 points, the winner will receive 30 points total.

You have to be a member to compete in contests and amass points. The leaderboard will be updated monthly showing all material that has been received by the deadline and approved by the executive team.

You can ask for guidance as you work on your project, as you would with a manager at your place of work, in order to submit a gold star submission. The cutoff for guidance is February 15th. The executive team may ask you to make corrections after your final submission.

Submit your project  – video, flyer, graphic and social media post wording – by following this link. 

The project is due by February 20, 2021.

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There are 15 words in the puzzle. It’s up to you to find them! Use your skills to learn the terminology to use with employeers.

Critical Thinking
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