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Female students explore STEM by building solar-enhanced racecars from recycled refrigerators while earning scholarships and experiences
CHICAGO (June 1, 2018) – In order to provide opportunities to more Chicago-area girls, ComEd has extended the application window for its fifth-annual Icebox Derby to Friday, June 8. Applications are available now at www.IceboxDerby.com. and open to any female Illinois resident between the ages of 13 and 18.
Thirty young women who have a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will be selected to participate in the competition to transform recycled refrigerators into electric and solar-enhanced racecars.
Every participant will receive a $1,500 scholarship for completing the program. Participants will work alongside ComEd mentors to build a fridge car and learn about practical applications of STEM in daily life. The competition will culminate with a once-in-a-lifetime experience as participants race their electric cars at Daley Plaza in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 4.
ComEd launched the Icebox Derby five years ago to educate and empower young women from the community to explore careers in STEM and become the innovative workforce of the future. In addition to powering homes, businesses, and institutions across Illinois, ComEd also continues to lead the conversation on the value of science and technology education. Women represent 48 percent of the U.S. workforce, yet only 24 percent of professionals in STEM related fields. This problem, in part, stems from many female students lacking exposure to experiences that will build their confidence to pursue a career in the field.
"We are honored to support young women who are enthusiastic and curious about careers in STEM. The Icebox Derby is just one way we empower promising students and make a positive impact on their future," said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. "It's critical that we create awareness of STEM career opportunities and help build a generation of confident women as part of the diverse and inclusive workforce of the future."
Find out more about the program at www.IceboxDerby.com.
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