Energy Company Collaboration Gives 15,000 Students a Leg Up on STEM Education

Energizing Student Potential program to expand to 84 schools and
educate over 15,000 students in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana
in its second year

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Energizing Student Potential (ESP) program, an initiative focused on
bringing STEM education to students in northern Illinois and northwest
Indiana, has expanded to serve students and educators in over 49 new
schools and 35 returning schools after its successful inaugural
implementation last year. The education initiative was formed through
the collaboration between six major energy companies that serve the area.

ESP provides a suite of programs designed to enhance STEM education for 5th-8th
grade students and empower them to explore STEM careers. The students in
the ESP program attend public, private and charter schools across the
region, many of which are located in historically underserved

Participating teachers receive a 30-day curriculum focused on teaching
the science and sources of energy, electricity generation and
transmission, transportation, efficiency, conservation and careers in
energy. Schools receive materials to host an energy fair, free energy
school audits, field trips to partner facilities and three days of
professional development for teachers.

“ESP has truly energized our students’ explorations and investigations
into the importance of energy in our daily lives at the local level and
also from a global perspective,” said Gerard Kovach, a teacher at
McCutheon Elementary in Chicago. “The highlight of our participation in
the ESP program was our school’s first ever energy fair, which
culminated with what our 8th grade students learned through the ESP and
NEED curriculum, and it empowered our students to take the lead, thus
transforming from students to teachers.”

The ESP program is made possible through a partnership between the
Exelon Foundation, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas and BP
America who also work alongside the National Energy Education
Development Project (NEED).

“Today’s energy workforce has an increasing need for highly-trained
individuals with a background in STEM,” said Steve Solomon, president of
the Exelon Foundation. “By investing in this program, we are providing
thousands of students with the tools they need to be the next generation
of successful innovators.”

Currently, ESP educates 15,000 students and plans to expand the program
to 21,000 students by the 2017-2018 school year.

About the Exelon Foundation

The Exelon Foundation is an independent, non-profit philanthropic
organization funded solely by Exelon Corporation, an energy company,
through shareholder dollars. The organization supports non-profit, tax
exempt organizations primarily within the service territory of Exelon
and its operating companies.

About Energizing Student Potential

Energizing Student Potential (ESP) is an unprecedented collaboration
of six energy companies serving northern Illinois and northwest Indiana
to engage and encourage the future scientists and engineers who will
make up the energy workforce of tomorrow. Working with the National
Energy Education Development (NEED) project, ESP provides a full suite
of programs that foster passion for science, technology, engineering and
math in 5th through 8th grade students and provide teachers the tools
they need to reach this goal. ESP will serve 120 diverse schools
throughout the region within three years and produce measurable outcomes
in advancing STEM. The collaboration includes the Exelon Foundation,
ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas and BP America.


Paul Adams
(410) 470-4167