October 15, 2016 | Dearborn, MI
Ford Girls’ Fast Track Races Debuts in Detroit for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan Council, Encourages Students to Explore STEAM Fields

As part of Ford Motor Company’s collaboration with four Girl Scouts Councils, young girls from Southeastern Michigan’s council had the chance to explore STEAM-related fields in science, technology, engineering, arts and math through the first Ford Girls’ Fast Track Races event in Detroit on October 15.

The goal of the race is to provide hands-on experience in vehicle engineering and design to hundreds of Brownies and Juniors from each of the participating councils. The girls have the opportunity to learn about automotive science and engineering by building their own track race cars.

“Working together on this event today is just an outstanding way for us to show our innovation and support for girls in STEAM,” said Alison Bazil, business manager for vehicle components and system engineering for Ford Motor Company. “The Girl Scouts’ mission is to instill girls with courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.”

Girls’ Fast Track Races, Powered by Ford, is designed to provide encouragement and motivation to the four participating councils as they work to build their own race cars. It gives participants the opportunity to connect and compete at the highest level – all while sparking creativity to ensure a brighter future, not just for Ford, but for the entire community.

“We want to build the girls’ confidence in their STEAM abilities by introducing them to different experiences like this, and to different STEAM professionals,” said Barb Sosin, director of council programs for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan. “Ford has allowed us to provide this opportunity to the girls that they may not have otherwise had, and we’re very appreciative of Ford’s sponsorship of this event.”

Teaming up with the four Girl Scouts councils made sense for Ford, as the company knows diversity is imperative to future innovations. “This is just a collaboration made in heaven, between what Ford is wanting to do and what Girl Scouts is all about,” said Bazil.

In addition to offering guidance to the girls on their vehicles, Ford Motor Company engineers are judges in a design competition, where the cars are judged based on workmanship and creativity. Two design trophies are awarded in addition to trophies for the fastest Brownie and Junior cars.