With Women’s History Month coming up, ComEd is excited to announce the return of its ComEd EV Rally, a signature science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for young women in Illinois. The program challenges teen girls to build and race high-tech, electric-powered go-carts. ComEd is increasing the number of participants to 45 from 30 last year, and participants will work with women from ComEd to explore career pathways in STEM.

Applications are available at ComEdEVRally.com for female Illinois residents between the ages of 13 and 18. The application period will close on June 1.

Connecting Young Women with Leaders in STEM

ComEd is committed to improving the representation of women and people of color in the STEM fields. The program connects driven young women with leaders throughout ComEd who are looking to inspire the next generation of the STEM workforce. Michelle Blaise, senior vice president of technical services at ComEd, says, “The future depends on these STEM leaders to develop and champion clean energy technology, fight the effects of climate change and support transportation electrification—and this program is sure to spark the interest of these young women.”

Working and Learning from ComEd Mentors

Selected participants will work and learn from ComEd mentors, connect with peers from other communities, and apply their STEM knowledge while building an electric vehicle (EV). The program will culminate with a once-in-a-lifetime experience as participants race their vehicles at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago on July 29. Every participant will receive a $2,000 scholarship upon completion of the program.

Education on Zero-Emissions Vehicles

The increased adoption of EVs will play a large role in the clean energy future, enabling carbon-reductions and air pollution while creating economic opportunity. ComEd’s recently proposed multi-year plans include a variety of investments to enable transportation electrification, which align with the state’s goal of putting 1 million EVs on Illinois’ roads by 2030. This program will give participants first-hand experience with EVs and educate them on the value of zero-emissions vehicles that represent the future of cleaner transportation.

Diversifying the Future STEM Workforce

Today, women make up 50 percent of the workforce, yet hold only 27 percent of jobs in STEM fields in Illinois, according to a study by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition. To help diversify the future STEM workforce, ComEd supports a variety of programs throughout the year designed to increase minority representation in STEM, including ComEd STEM Labs and Create a Spark.