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Calling all STEM Stars: Applications Open for 2017 ComEd’s Icebox Derby

Local competition teaches girls to build solar-powered racecars from recycled refrigerators while earning scholarships and more!

CHICAGO (May 30, 2017) – The Icebox Derby is back, and brighter than ever. ComEd is seeking out 30 Chicagoland girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who have a passion for – or want to learn more about – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 

Today applications will be available for ComEd's 4th annual Icebox Derby on The application period will close on Thursday, June 22.

What's the Icebox Derby?

The Icebox Derby is an educational competition involving 30 teen girls from across Chicagoland who will work in teams to transform recycled refrigerators into electric and solar-powered racecars. New to this year's program, each car will be equipped with Telogis, a fleet-management software that provides real-time metrics geared to help the girls drive more safely and efficiently. The young women will be able to monitor things like their speed and battery voltage.

Who should apply?

  • Chicagoland girls between the ages of 13 and 18
  • Girls who can make all program event dates, as listed in the application
  • Girls who think STEM is the coolest already, or want to learn more about it

What are the prizes?

  • Scholarships! Every participant will receive a scholarship of $1,000. The winning team members will receive a laptop/notebook and an additional $1,500 scholarship
  • Working alongside ComEd mentors to learn about practical applications of STEM in the world and in the workforce

Anything else?

On Saturday, August 12, the new teams will put their solar-powered fridge cars to the test in a head-to-head race at Daley Plaza with their fellow Icebox Derby Racers to take home the STEM Cup. Find out more about the program by visiting


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No Purchase Necessary. Many will enter, 30 will win. Contest begins 5/26/17 at 12:00:01 AM CT, ends 6/22/17 at 11:59:59 PM CT. Open to legal residents of IL, age 13 to 18 as of 5/26/17 with parent or legal guardian permission to enter and participate. Subject to Official Rules. See Official Rules for how to enter, how winners are determined, event details, prize information and restrictions at Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Commonwealth Edison Company, 440 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60605.

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