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​Melbourne, FL, June 10, 2021 – Throughout the year, Women In Defense, Space Coast Chapter, recognizes individuals and businesses that go above and beyond in their support of STEM in our community. The WID, Space Coast Chapter recognizes the unique challenges facing student, teacher and mentor relationships this year, and plans to recognize individuals and organizations who have adapted programs and procedures to promote students’ interest and education in areas of STEM.  Part of our organization’s core mission is to recognize those who contribute their time, effort, and resources to supporting educational partnerships on the Space Coast. Thus, the Space Coast STEM WOMEN IN DEFENSE

STEM Scholarship and Innovator Awards Presentations
Wednesday, June 23rd, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Courtyard By Marriott / 3435 N Atlantic Ave / Cocoa Beach, FL

Featured Speaker: Elaine Larsen, Larsen Motorsports
With over 20 years of drag racing experience, Elaine Larsen found her home behind the wheel of her jet dragsters. A 2X World Champion, Elaine, her husband, Chris, their son, Andrew and dog, Nitro, live their lives at full throttle. Mentoring the next generation of High Performance Vehicles Specialist is what fuels Elaine today. Her focus for 2021 and beyond is to give women a chance to get behind the wheel, or provide hands-on opportunities in this male dominated industry.
Elaine is also a creator of four comic books “Blaze”. These books were inspired by real life experiences. The stories they depict are adapted to high Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Manufacturing (STEAM) education and the curricula associated with each of the corresponding comics.  Being a strong positive female role model is a job Elaine takes very seriously, not only for the little girls, but for all ladies. Her message: Never give up – always give 100%. “Drag
Racing is the equalizer, on any given day,” says Elaine. “I have the same chance as anyone to win, it just has to be my day!“

About Larsen Motorsports: Founded by Chris and Elaine Larsen, Larsen Motorsports is an award-winning innovator in the jet racing space. But it is also a proven leader in community outreach, STEAM advocacy, and providing unique and valuable hands-on experiences to high school and college students. Racing across the country this mobile marketing team has been highlighted in many national TV and ad campaigns. Jay Leno, The Alliance for Lifetime Income, To Tell the Truth and many more. Based in Palm Bay, FL this jet racing company is on the fast track.

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If you would like more information about these awards, please contact Leslie Tibbetts at or 321-258-8504.