Fourteen-year-old Kathryn DiMaria can’t get her driver’s license for another two years, but that hasn’t stopped her from building the car of her dreams. At age 12, Kathryn convinced her parents to let her buy and begin restoring a 1986 Pontiac Fiero with $450 in babysitting money. Over the past two years, she has painstakingly restored every part of her Fiero by hand, quickly learning advanced mechanical skills such as welding, grinding, upholstering, sandblasting — even how to rebuild an engine.
With dad Jerry as her loyal project partner, and plenty of automotive know-how from Uncle Bob, Kathryn has embarked on an epic journey that is shattering gender stereotypes, inspiring thousands, and opening doors she never imagined. Watch and learn how Kathryn’s project earned her an invitation from General Motors to attend the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and hang out with two female engineers from the original Fiero team.
Remember when you were a kid? Of all the things you wanted to be, did you ever consider engineering as a field? Yet, nearly every child seems to innately know how to make a paper airplane.
We invite you to explore feats of engineering and challenge others to do the same and be sure to post your results to our Facebook or Instagram pages. We’d love to hear your results!
How to begin: Do any one or more of the 10 Amazing Paper Tricks. Take a fun video or photo of your results and let us know how it went. Be sure to hashtag us at: #IAMMOTIVATION
Our goal: To rediscover that sciences and engineering and have fun with them. Exposure and exploration (not matter how small) can influence anyone’s interests or passion. Our goal is always to positively influence both teen and adults minds about careers in STEM.
Okay, so there isn’t much of a career in paper tricks, but changing your mind and how you feel about engineering (or any STEM related field) could mean all the difference in everyone’s world: making it a better place!
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