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30 Chicagoland girls will compete for the Icebox Derby STEM Cup and scholarships
CHICAGO (July 27, 2017) – Today 30 local teenage girls (ages 13-18) will start their STEM-thinking engines as they celebrate the kickoff of ComEd's Icebox Derby (IBD) competition.
The kickoff celebration marks the start of the three-week program during which the IBD participants will transform old refrigerators from ComEd's Fridge and Freezer Recycling program into solar-powered racecars. Six teams of girls will work with ComEd mentors to assemble and decorate their racing machines, and on race day, Saturday, Aug. 12, they will put their fridge cars to the test on a race track at Daley Plaza to win the STEM Cup, scholarships and other prizes.
Launched in 2014, ComEd's Icebox Derby is designed to educate and empower young women to explore opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Data from the National Girls Collaborative project shows that while women earn more than half of bachelor's degrees awarded in the biological sciences, they earn far fewer in the computer sciences, engineering, physics, and mathematics and statistics.
"Through programs like the Icebox Derby we aim to help the young people in our communities see the STEM career opportunities before them," said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. "We need tomorrow's talent - those who will help us advance systems, technologies and find digital solutions for our customers. By helping to nurture and grow these future STEM stars, we are intentionally developing our workforce of the future."
More than 230 girls applied online to join the 2017 IBD program, now in its fourth year. Each Icebox Derby contestant will receive a scholarship for completing the program and the first place winners in the 2017 race will receive a laptop/notebook and an additional $1,500 scholarship. Learn more by visiting iceboxderby.com.
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