What is Athena Racing?

Athena Racing is a girls-only STEM education club that promotes character, confidence and courage as our members are taught essential life skills and career development. Our club members, young girls in grades 6 through 12, are exploring male-dominated career paths in the automotive, motorsports and transportation industries. The exposure they gain will help them determine if their strengths will fit roles in design, engineering, technology, robotics, or business.

What are the Athenian characteristics?

Our foundation for our teachings is based on the Greek Goddess Athena. We also blend her characteristics into everything we do and the curriculum that is taught. We focus on the characteristics of: strategy, skill, inspiration, wisdom, strength, courage, civilization, math and the arts.

What are the 4-Cs?

Our four Cs of our diamond – our superpower emblem – which symbolizes the Athenians of Club Athena are: Character, Courage, Confidence, and Continuity.

What Education Tracks (curriculum) do you teach?

Driving

Engineering 

Entrepreneurship

Etiquette

Fabrication

Internship

Mechanics

Marketing

Personal Finance

Photography 

Public Speaking

Robotics 

Safety 

Wellness

What is STEM?

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

As of 2021, Athena Racing is accredited as a STEM.org certified program.

How does racing teach STEM principles?

Automobiles and racing would not exist without Science, Technology, Engineering and Math career paths and those who bring it to life. 

From the aerodynamic principles applied to the cars to the technology required to support the working systems, it takes many team members with varying skill sets and knowledge to create the final product.

Do you have to be interested in mechanics or racing to join Athena Racing?

No! Our goal is to expose our members to ALL of the career paths that are available! It isn’t even necessary to have a driver’s license! Although with DRIVE we are teaching the fundamentals of driving on a racing sim to better improve performance and safety on the street. 

At Athena Racing, our team believes in getting our hands dirty! You won’t realize what you love, like, or never-want-to-do-again until you try it. Our founder grew up learning how to do a variety of jobs in construction from driving a bulldozer to building her first house while she was in college. Because of that hands-on experience, she had better ideas based on real-life experience as to what would and would not work when designing and innovating new products.

What types of careers are related to this program?

Most will say drivers, mechanics, marketing specialist, publicist, business-related paths, but don’t stop there. Here are a few of the specialty career paths that you can take:

 

Applied technology

Mechanical engineers

Electrical engineers

Robotic engineers

Industrial designers

Industrial production managers

Materials engineer

Mechanics

Diesel engine specialist

Automotive body repairers

Machinist

Model makers

Engine assemblers

Press machine operators

Electronic equipment assemblers

Equipment operators and technicians

Molding and casting workers

Machine tool operators

Team assemblers

Transportation inspectors

Welding, soldering, brazing operators

Does being a team member help with college applications?

The extra-curricular activities you participate in show universities who you are as a person and if you will be a good fit for their program. The dedication required to complete this intense one-year program, as well as the leadership and life skills that will become a part of your character, all speak volumes as to who you are. The lasting impact of the STEM education provided through real life experiences will give you a platform from which to highlight your capabilities that will be unmatched by your peers.

What is the time commitment for applicants who want to become a member?

It depends upon the devotion and involvement of each individual. Our Student Advisory Board commits to 20 hours in their leadership role each month.  Those chosen for internships commit to an intensive three-month program. Our camps range from one month to one week, depending on the subject. The levels of membership also vary ranging from attendance at a monthly meeting to full submersion in our club and Education Tracks. As our members say, “you get out of it what you put into it.” 

What age are the members?

Our membership ranges from 11-18 years old. A high maturity level is needed as the content is purposely delivered at a higher level to prepare them for their future. Information and emails are sent directly to the members. It is each member’s responsibility to pass information along to parents/guardians and schedule items on their family’s calendar. We believe putting the responsibility on the member better prepares them for college, career, and life in general.

How do you become a member?

It’s easy! Just sign up here to become a member. Once approved, we will send you a welcome email with links to the app to download and information on how to join our private online club.

How much does it cost to join Athena Racing?

The application process is free. Advanced levels of membership, education tracks, internships, camps, and events are individually priced and offered at a reduced rate thanks to the donors and sponsors who support our non-profit. We also offer free training in the form of scholarships to those who need the financial assistance and commit to the training requirements. Financial assistance will be revoked from those who abuse it or do not participate.

Why is this a girls-only program?

“There are no differences in what girls and boys can learn. But there are big differences in the way to teach them.” Leonard Sax, MD, PhD, author of Why Gender Matters.

 Learning differently than boys, girls need a space where they feel safe, supported, and connected. We are removing the societal pressures and allowing our members to learn and create community by keeping this a girls-only club.

 

 As said by the Parent Cue, “Many girls who are struggling in school do so because they feel lost and isolated socially. On the other hand, she will learn better in an environment in which she can work with others. Small groups are a great setting for girls to learn.”

 

 “She will also understand concepts better when they are tied to some type of context. Stories help anchor ideas for her. She will write better if she’s able to talk about the subject beforehand. She’ll retain information as she can connect it to some type of personal narrative. She’ll want to understand the history of why Van Gogh painted a certain painting, rather than just simply look at the painting. Girls learn and thrive in the context of connection and relationship,” continues Parent Cue.

 

 “Studies show that boys learn differently than girls. Brain scans tell part of the story. In general, more areas of girls’ brains, including the cerebral cortex (responsible for memory, attention, thought, and language) are dedicated to verbal functions.” WebMD states the hippocampus – a region of the brain critical to verbal memory storage – develops earlier for girls and is larger in women than in men.

What about safety?

At Athena Racing, safety is a top priority in the shop, on the track, and in life. All activities are supervised by professionals, and our industry experts have been trained to protocols and guidelines over the span of their career.

Can my company sponsor Athena Racing?

Most certainly! We have a variety of ways for your company or foundation to get involved. Our current focus is on the extreme growth that we have experienced during COVID and the structure that needs to be built. Our 2022 Roadmap has incredible milestones! We are starting with the launch of DRIVE and the build of Club Athena in January and continue through the year with our spring internships, summer camps, the production of our 15 Education Tracks into a “Masterclass” format and delivery system, to our last event of the year – the STEM day conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the STEM movement. 

 

Please contact our team to learn how you can help us build a better future for our members!

How do I donate to the program?

There are a variety of ways that you can give. Please take a LOOK and contribute what best fits your family’s budget.

Is there an urgent reason to give now?

Yes! We have experienced unprecedented growth during the global pandemic. Our Athenians prospered and grew because of the community that we built to support them. We have outgrown our present situation and have already started moving forward with our new online structure and programming. To be successful we now require financial donations to grow. The urgency is real and our youth needs your support. COVID is not over and restrictions continue to occur. Give our Athenians the stability of knowing that they can be there for each other.

What do you do with my information?

Your information is not shared with anyone, we value privacy. In our records, that are public, donor’s names and addresses are not shared. However, our team will stay in touch with you to share news and invite you to special events unless you choose to opt-out.

Emmy Dillon