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.

 

Our CEO, Loxley Browne, is a member of the Women in STEM ecosystem of San Diego which is based at the Fleet Science Center.

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 skillsets and knowledge to create the final product.

As Brent Dewar, COO of NASCAR, said of their STEM program “Acceleration Nation is about bringing kids closer to our sport in an entertaining and educational way. When you look at the speed and design of our racecars and their performance on the track, NASCAR represents a unique platform to teach math and science. Our goal is to make learning these subjects fun for kids,”

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

What is the time commitment for applicants who want to be on the team?

Applicants will live the Athena lifestyle for one full year by training one weekend a month and racing a second weekend of the month. Online assignments will be tasked weekly along with calls to the team. Speaking engagements and media interviews will include some or all of the team members as the opportunities arise. As an extra-curricular activity, inclusion in this exclusive program will require dedication and determination from the ten girls who are chosen.

How much is the scholarship worth?

The knowledge, skills, and training received are priceless. Our public charity non-profit has to raise $50,000 for each girl who chosen for this exclusive program.

Does being a team member help with college applications?

The extra curricular activities you take on 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 the real life experiences will give you a platform from which to highlight your capabilities that will be unmatched by your peers.

What type of racing do you do?

In our program we start training in karts. Extensive classroom instruction in advanced driving techniques and theory will be provided before team members are put in the race car on a private autocross course. Once tested and approved, team members will race in sanctioned races at the SCCA in Miatas in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Where is the team based?

 The team headquarters is based in San Marcos, CA where all training will be conducted.

Will the team travel?

Yes. Each month the team will travel to compete in sanctioned SCCA races in Southern California. The cost of travel is included in the scholarship.

Can I sponsor the team?

Most certainly! We collaborate with brands who share in our mission to disrupt the status quo by building a training environment embodying our core goals – STEM education, female empowerment, diversity and inclusion—and who support the work we do as a non-profit, nationally recognized, ground-breaking program.

We build custom partnerships (or sponsorships) with companies across all industries. Partnerships are holistic and span all areas of the program, including branded spaces; product integration and testing; grants for team members; curriculum-based research projects; and recruitment of our innovative student team for apprenticeships and permanent hire.

For a custom proposal, please contact the team at:

Sponsor@AthenaRacing.org

Can I volunteer?

Of course we would like to say yes, but it is important for us to know  your specialties, background, and training. Please contact our Director and talk to her about your background and how you can help our program. We are seeking experts in all ten skills tracks who can speak to our girls. 

How do I donate to the program?

Your donation can be submitted securely via PayPal online here at our website.

For larger donations, we accept checks and wires. Our mailing address is 2892 South Santa Fe Ave., Ste 114, San Marcos, CA 92069

Needed items – driving uniforms, driving equipment, cars, karts, enclosed trailers and more are welcomed. Please contact our team with details of the item(s) you would like to donate to the team.