Local Girls Use STEM to Turn Recycled Refrigerators into Solar-Powered Racecars

ComEd’s Icebox Derby brings 30 teen girls from across Chicagoland
together to shine the sun on STEM in annual summer competition

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This week ComEd kicked off the Icebox Derby, an educational competition
involving 30 teen girls from across Chicagoland who will work in teams
to transform recycled refrigerators into electric racecars. New to this
year’s program, the young women also will explore STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math) through the scope of renewable
energy, building and powering parts of their cars with solar technology.

In addition to enhanced aerodynamics, the 2016 Icebox Derby cars will
each have two, 30-watt solar panels to power accessories like LED
headlights, a car horn, and a helmet with two-way communication
capabilities. The cars will also feature a solar charge control module,
used to communicate between the panels and solar components.

“For ComEd, technology and innovation are at the core of our business.
As the energy industry continues to evolve, we are in need of a future
workforce that is able to anticipate and solve the technical problems of
today and the digital challenges of tomorrow. We are committed to
creating opportunities like the Icebox Derby to offer hands-on
experiences to young women in the STEM subjects,” said Anne Pramaggiore,
President and CEO of ComEd. “As an energy company, we also recognize the
value of solar energy and its important role in the years to come.
Incorporating renewable energy into Icebox Derby is just one of the ways
ComEd is working to jumpstart solar in Illinois, and also train the
workforce who will help us lead the way.”

In the coming weeks, the girls will work to build their cars from the
ground – or rather fridge – up. The Icebox Derby is intended to help
increase interest STEM and awareness amongst women by providing a
hands-on educational platform by which girls, ages 13-18, get to work
closely with ComEd mentors and other technical experts to learn about
practical applications of STEM in the world and in the workforce.
Important lessons about teamwork and safety are also closely tied to
this initiative.

This is the third year of the program and on August 13, the new teams
will put their solar-powered fridge cars to the test in a head-to-head
race with their fellow Icebox Derby Racers to take home the STEM Cup,
scholarship money and other prizes. Each Icebox Derby contestant will
receive a scholarship for completing the program and the first place
winners in the 2016 race will win a prize to be revealed at a later
date. Find out more about the program by visiting www.theiceboxderby.com.

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy
provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides
service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois,
or 70 percent of the state’s population.
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