Teen Engineering Prodigy Builds Own Car with Babysitting Money

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.

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Nature vs. Nurture? Let’s Do The Math

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Esther Okade (age 10)

It’s so interesting (regarding enrollment in a distance learning college). It has the type of maths I love. It’s real maths — theories, complex numbers, all that type of stuff,” she giggles. “It was super easy. My mum taught me in a nice way. I want to (finish the course) in two years. Then I’m going to do my PhD in financial maths when I’m 13. I want to have my own bank by the time I’m 15 because I like numbers and I like people and banking is a great way to help people. ~Esther Okade, cnn.com

For now we want her to enjoy her childhood as well as her maths. By the time she was four I had taught her the alphabet, her numbers, and how to add, subtract, multiply and division. ‘I saw that she loved patterns so developed a way of using that to teach her new things. I thought I would try her with algebra, and she loved it more than anything. She wants to be a millionaire. ~Mrs. Omonefe Okada (Esther’s mother) DailyMail.com

#IAMMOTIVATION #EXPOSURE #ACADEMICS #STEM

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Just So Happy: Esther (left) is pictured last year with her mother Omonefe (right) after passing her A-level in maths. Congratulations, Esther!

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4 Awesome STEM Career Resources Your Kids Need Now!

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“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation)

  1. Career Aisle: Middle School: Have you ever wondered what the future might hold? Explore some of the options available to you in science, technology, engineering and math. Lots of videos.
  2. Kids.gov Jobs: You found it! Grab all the info you’ll need on every cool career under the sun. Wondering what marine biologists do? Want to watch a video on becoming a veterinarian? You’re in the right place.
  3. iON Future: Like games? If website browsing isn’t your style, you can always play this free STEM career exploration game. It’s geared toward middle school and early high school students.
  4. NASA Look to the Future: Careers in Space: You know, you don’t have to be an astronaut to work in the space program. NASA has a list of other professions, including robotics engineer, computer scientist and oceanographer, for you to consider.

STEM careers 2All of us at, The C.A.R.E. Foundation love to magnify how STEM affects our kids education and career path. STEM is the future of the technological age in which they live; it’s opening lucrative career options, and is a necessary key to steps in wise career decisions in 2015 and beyond.

U.S. Department of Labor Findings

In 2009, a list the ten most wanted employees was compiled by the U. S. Department of Labor. Eight of those employees were ones with degrees in the STEM fields: accounting, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information sciences and systems, computer engineering, civil engineering, and economics and finance.

U. S. Department of Commerce Findings

STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%. Health care workers with associate degrees to doctors of medicine will average 20% more in lifetime earnings than peers with similar degrees in non-health care. A glance at 2010 starting salaries for engineers with $47,145 for civil engineers to $60,054 for chemical engineers is strong evidence that STEM related jobs can be financially rewarding careers for our kids. 

And here it is! According to the U. S. Labor Department, The 10 Fastest Growing Occupations from 2008-2018, and their median wages are:

  1. Biomedical engineers, $77,400
  2. Network systems and data communications analysts, $71,100
  3. Home health aides, $20,460
  4. Personal and home care aides, $19,180
  5. Financial examiners, $70,930
  6. Medical scientists, except epidemiologists, $72,590
  7. Physician assistants, $81,230
  8. Skin care specialists, $28,730
  9. Biochemists and biophysicists, $82,840
  10. Athletic trainers, $39,640

The C.A.R.E. Foundations Recommendation to YOU About STEM

You’re career opportunities are endless! Just remember, whether you’re a student, counselor, educator, or parent, The C.A.R.E. Foundation can get you get involved! In fact, you’re taking the first step by simply visiting this our site. If you’re a student: push your school to teach STEM classes. To all the Counselors: Let’s unite to promote students to pursue a STEM Career. Educators! Please emphasize teaching students the relevance of STEM in everyday life. And to our parents: influence your kids to do well and keep an eye out for any spark of interest in STEM. Contact C.A.R.E. today to see what programs are available to you in your local area or state!

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Find Out What You Didn’t Know About Engineering as a Career

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Engineering is a multifaceted field with many areas of specialization. Engineers build cities, save lives, create music and design computer systems. Not many people know that careers in STEM can be very lucrative, too!

All these things are the stuff teen dreams are made of! The C.A.R.E. Foundation works to support youth in STEM careers, such as engineering, as a college major and career option. Hear what some of the experts have to say about engineering-ENJOY!

Famous Quotes about Engineering

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering. ~Freeman Dyson

Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering. ~Bill Gates

Transmission_of_motion_by_compund_gear_train_(Army_Service_Corps_Training,_Mechanical_Transport,_1911)The way to be successful in the software world is to come up with breakthrough software, and so whether it’s Microsoft Office or Windows, its pushing that forward. New ideas, surprising the marketplace, so good engineering and good business are one in the same. ~Bill Gates

With genetic engineering, we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA, and improve the human race. But it will be a slow process, because one will have to wait about 18 years to see the effect of changes to the genetic code. ~Stephen Hawking

There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind. ~Bill Nye

What we usually consider as impossible are simply engineering problems… there’s no law of physics preventing them. ~Michio Kaku

Architecture begins where engineering ends. ~Walter Gropius

It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action. ~Weili Dai

imagesTo make an embarrassing admission, I like video games. That’s what got me into software engineering when I was a kid. I wanted to make money so I could buy a better computer to play better video games – nothing like saving the world. ~Elon Musk

Aviation is the branch of engineering that is least forgiving of mistakes. ~Freeman Dyson

Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly. ~James Dyson

The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds. ~Theo Jansen

Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships. ~Ross Perot

Engineering stimulates the mind. ~Bruce Dickinson

Engineering is a fantastic base for any career. ~Chris Liddell

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Youth Are Gearing Up For a Professional Online Presence!

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At the C.A.R.E. Foundation we take our Career Workshops (Youth Career Conference 2015) seriously and work on what the need is. No question, having a strong and positive online presence is great for anyone ready to get our in the work world. Here’s what we found regarding one to the best social media platforms for professionals on their career path.

Let’s talk about LinkedIn. LinkedIn is not just good for business, but branding, too. Your LinkedIn profile is one of the most effective ways to position yourself in business or as a professional ready to take on the world! With any online profile, it must be clear, relevant and up to date with what’s happening in your career for professional life. I know, where do we start, right? Just consider three elements to pull from — Social Networking, Relevant Sharing and a Polished Consistency — now you can create that awesome online profile!

Social Networking

Use your existing online network to expand your social-media followers. The first thing to do is to let people that already love you know you’re here! Message or call family, friends, or co-workers and ask them to connect with you and you’ll follow them back. Your closest network already genuinely want you to succeed, so they’ll be your most passionate crowd. Engage them online and you can start building a firm foundation to connect with new people.

Relevant Sharing.

Content sharing, that is! Most LinkedIn users want to further their careers and professional brand image, too! Turn your LinkedIn profile into a resource for your network. Give away engaging, and interesting content they can utilize. e.g. career tips, or business insights relevant to them.

Polished Consistency.

People connect with people. When possible have professional photos done for your profile. You’ll be surprised and the new interest level taken when you present yourself and all your postings in a polished way. Be sure to have a steady flow of informative posts so people would have a reason to keep coming back to your profile. Being viewed as a resource that has value is an achievement, too! At our Career Workshop we brought in a professional photographer and had all the young professionals and entrepreneurs head-shots taken. It all came out quite nice-don’t you think?

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