Students explore STEM careers by building solar-enhanced race cars

Students explore STEM careers by building solar-enhanced race cars
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Each year, ComEd invites 30 young women to participate in the 2018 Icebox Derby, the fifth annual competition involving teens from across Chicagoland to transform recycled refrigerators into electric and solar-enhanced race cars.

Each young lady 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 fridge cars at Daley Plaza in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 4.

ComEd launched the annual Icebox Derby five years ago in efforts to educate and empower young women 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 US workforce, yet only 24 percent of jobs in STEM-related fields. This problem, in part, stems from many female students lacking exposure to STEM and experiences that will build their confidence to pursue a career in the field.

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