Frequently Asked Questions
We are Club Athena, an amazing club of STEM girls and we’d like to welcome you to discover more about our community!
Club Athena’s platforms are for girls who are interested in all facets of STEM – design, engineering, mechanics, business, publicity, marketing – even the parts that you don’t realize are related to STEM!
We know you are curious. Browse through our selection of commonly asked questions. If you still have questions, please contact us and a member of our team will get back to you.
Racing to Build a Better Future Since 2019
What is Club Athena?
Club Athena 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, or business.
WHAT IS THE ATHENIAN OATH?
An Athenian is:
I choose the right path even when it is the most difficult. I face my fears and I grow beyond my comfort level.
I tell the truth, keep my promises, am dependable and volunteer without expecting reward. My character grows as I work towards this oath to better my team and myself.
I strive to become a better person and hone my skills. The self-assurance I develop from my ability, perspective and sufficiency to do what I want to do, feel how I want to feel, and be who I want to be allows me to be my own cheerleader no matter what.
I develop a long-term mindset and learn the steps that it takes to reach a goal.
I lead with positivity. I choose to happily do my tasks. I am a good friend and lead by example sharing good energy wherever I go.
I arrive on time with everything that I need. I follow the rules of my family, school, and team. I obey the laws of my community and country.
I speak and act appropriately; being respectful, courteous, and cooperative to my peers and adults.
I respect Athena Racing property and make healthy choices. The safety of my team and I come first.
I participate in and complete assignments. I accept new challenges in order to grow.
I create goals and work towards them. I use my time, supplies, money and resources wisely.
What are the Athenian characteristics?
Our foundation for our teachings is based on the character traits of the Greek Goddess Athena. We 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, culture, math and the arts.
What are the 4 Cs?
Our four Cs of our diamond on our logo symbolizes the Athenian traits of: Character, Courage, Confidence, and Continuity.
Why is this GIRLS-only?
You must be a female (XX chromosome) student in middle school or high school to be a member of Club Athena. Why you ask? Girls and boys learn differently and have different needs. This is a female-only STEM education program supporting female students in career paths that have been historically dominated by men. In the male-dominated automotive, motorsport and transportation sectors where women only represent .06% to 17%, our nonprofit supports the #GirlsinSTEM who are venturing into career paths where there is no or little female representation.
However, our Courses are open and available to the public – regardless of gender or age.
And yes, #GirlDads, we would love to see you wearing Club Athena merchandise to show your support of our club and what your daughter is achieving here.
What Education Tracks (curriculum) do you teach?
- Personal Finance
- Public Speaking
Do I 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 Club Athena, 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.
How do I become a member?
We are currently accepting membership applications. There is no fee to apply.
If approved, we will onboard you to our private members-only online club on the 5th of each month.
If our membership is at capacity, you will be added to the wait list.
Membership registration lasts until you graduate or become inactive. You must be a member in order to register for all Club Athena events.
If you are serious about a STEM career, this is the club to join!
What is the time commitment for members?
Every member is required to do one activity a month to remain an active member.
The activity chosen can range from one hour spent on a course or attending “Life Lessons with Loxley” up to the 15 to 25 hours per month that you will devote to your WINGS project over a 7-month period to complete your portfolio piece.
It all depends upon the devotion and involvement of each individual. As our members say, “you get out of it what you put into it.”
Is membership permanent?
NO. If you chose not to do the work and become inactive, you will be replaced by someone who does want the benefits provided by our program.
If you are removed from the program and reapply, you will go to the bottom of the waitlist.
When you graduate from high school and are in good standing with Club Athena, you will automatically become an alumni member for life.
Is there a cost?
Yes, you can choose the $100 monthly fee or save money with the annual membership fee of $1,000.
Some activities have additional fees associated with them.
Travel and lodging is not included for in-person events.
Are there membership scholarships?
No, each member is responsible for setting up their own fundraiser on the Club Athena platform. The funds that they raise, exactly the same as the sports and band fundraisers at your high schools, go directly to that individual member’s training.
By providing this method of funding, each member is taught the fundamentals of finances, budgeting, marketing and sales.
This also levels the playing field to include members from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The only thing that stops a member from being fully engaged in Club Athena’s training, activities and fundraising is themselves.
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.
Club Athena vs. the Others
Boys & Girls Club: 162 years old, founded in 1860
Girls Inc: 158 years old, founded in 1864
Girl Scouts: 110 years old, founded in 1912
Society of Engineers: 72 years old, founded in 1950
Athena Racing: 3 years old, founded in 2019
Club Athena at Athena Racing: 3 months old, started Summer 2022
Does being a club 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 our programs, 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 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
- Diesel engine specialist
- Automotive body repairers
- 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 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.
We also incorporate ART and RESEARCH! The official title should read STREAM Education.
How do racing and motorsports involve 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. Innovation starts on the race track and makes its way down to the vehicles we drive on the streets.
Our members who continue to college/university and become members of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) get the hands-on experience of building a racecar from concept to finished product. The basics that our members learn in our program make them better prepared for classes and clubs in higher education studies. Athena Racing works directly with SAE teams at San Diego State University (SDSU), California Polytechnic San Lusi Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) and University of California Irvine (UCI).
What about safety?
At Club Athena, 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.
Zero Tolerance Policy
We want our Athenians to work better together. To learn how to be young professionals sharing content that is relevant to our growth and future careers. Think of Club Athena as the LinkedIn for your age group.
As the Club Athena platform grows, know that this is a community we are building together, and we need your help to make it the best it can be. Respect each other. The world is tough on everyone as it is, we don’t need to bring that to Club Athena. Remember to criticize ideas, not people.
Name-calling and ad hominem attacks will not be tolerated. Avoid responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content, and knee-jerk contradictions. Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation. If you disagree with someone, try to understand and share their feelings before you address them. Learn how to debate – to see a discussion from both viewpoints. This will promote a respectful and friendly atmosphere where people feel comfortable asking questions, participating in discussions, and making contributions. Disagreements aren’t inherently bad – both parties can learn something new, as long as conversation remains constructive.
Additionally, communicating with strangers on the Internet can be awkward. Try to use clear language and think about how it will be received by the other person. You know how that text to your mom can translate the wrong way? Same thing here. We’re all guilty of sending that quick response that didn’t read the way we wanted it to.
Hatred is not allowed in our community! We define hate speech as content that does or intends to attack, threaten, incite violence against, or dehumanize an individual or a group of individuals on the basis of protected attributes. Protected attributes included are: race, gender, religion/faith, physical appearance, and family background/upbringing.
About Your Donations, Where & How They are used
86 cents of each dollar raised goes directly into our programming. Since our founding in 2019, we have worked with over 900 female students and more than 1500 educators with the assistance of 170 volunteers.
Our programs are year-round with self-paced courses, monthly projects, spring intensives, summer FABcamp, and an annual conference. Read our testimonials and articles to discover how our members learn and grow by doing projects that are catapulting their skill and knowledge level far above their peers.
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. The repercussions of COVID are not over and the after effects continue on the path to recovery. Give our Athenians the stability of knowing that they can be there for each other.
Can my company sponsor a program?
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 and the structure that needs to be built. Our 2023 Roadmap has incredible milestones! Please contact our team to learn how you can help us build a better future for our members!
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.
Club Athena is....
an extra-curricular club
a solution-based think-tank for teenagers
a private online network for girls and invited STEM role models
a career exploration portal with insights from industry experts
a college prep program that will help you to stand out amongst your peers
the shop where you get your hands dirty building things you only imagined in your dreams
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