As a teenager in 2020, there is always something I am learning from being a part of Athena Racing that applies to everyday life.
STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics- related concepts are applicable in much of everyday life, from the workings of a smart phone to the information of the Nutrition Facts food labels on store-bought foods. However, the connections became more clear after learning about fields of STEM from Athena Racing.
For a 16-year old, cars may become a new and exciting part of life. People are going for permit and license tests and practicing driving in their mid-to-late teens. For me, I also just had to know how and why everything in the car works. Being a part of Athena Racing’s Summer Fabricator Camp gave me the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of a car, including suspension systems, electrical systems, and the fuel and engine systems. Finding myself to be increasingly interested in the mechanics and engineering part of the cars, I looked more into how they work and function. Now I can pop the hood of my car and recognize different parts of the car underneath. I have also gotten to be more knowledgeable about types of cars. Watching car collection videos and then later watching parts of NASCAR races increased my interest. I have been surprised by how easily I am now able to apply what I have learned to the cars I see on the road and how well I am able to understand conversations about racing.
COVID-19 has also been a significant part of life since March. The way in which people gather, communicate, and stay safe has changed as new regulations are set forth and everyone looks for the new normal. At Athena Racing, we have been utilizing online tools like google classroom for example for camps, email, and zoom to communicate with each other and have discussions about current events as a group. During Fabricator camp, we learned about meltblown technology and which masks really keep people the safest. This had helped to influence my decisions in choosing the right mask to wear to school to keep myself and others safe. Being able to communicate online at
Athena Racing has also helped prepare me for online school days and get me more used to using zoom and google classroom.
One of the major takeaways that I have gained so far is my interest in STEM related careers. There are not as many women in the STEM field, and Athena Racing’s environment is so very supportive and positive for young girls looking to pursue a STEM career. Listening to people talk about their jobs as engineers during career interviews at school are now something I look forward to more than I had in the past.
From researching the role of biomedical engineering for COVID-19 vaccines to looking at a diagram of the engine system of a car, Athena Racing is a great place to explore STEM topics, especially for someone looking to pursue one of the many careers in that field.
ARTICLE WRITTEN BY: Heleina Cicero, Student Advisory Board Member
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