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Joliet Junior College receives grant for girls in STEM

Students participate at Joliet Junior College's Girls Leading the Charge program in 2018.
Students participate at Joliet Junior College's Girls Leading the Charge program in 2018.

Joliet Junior College again earned a Constellation E2 Energy to Educate grant to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education opportunities for girls.

The grant, worth $40,917 will allow the college to continue its program for middle school students through Girls Leading the Charge 2.0, according to a news release.

Through the program, the girls have the opportunity to design and build their own solar-powered car.

Through hands-on activities, the girls will learn principles of basic physics, mechanics and solar energy while also developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The program is available to girls from low-income schools.

“For the past two years, we have been able to serve over 450 girls in our district through generous grant funding provided by Constellation,” Amy Murphy, Dean of Applied Arts, Workforce Education and Training, said in the press release. “We are very excited for the new grant funding which will allow us to expand our program and provide additional STEM-based learning opportunities.”

JJC’s grant was among
20 awarded by Constellation, an Exelon company.

In 2018, the company provided $450,000 in E2 grants, which will reach more than 18,000 students nationwide.

The program is part of Constellation’s commitment to give back to the communities where they work and live and foster greater interest in STEM programs.

“Energy innovation and STEM education are at the core of what we do every day,” Constellation CEO Jim McHugh said in the release. “We are thrilled to support and celebrate this year’s E2 grant recipients who have showcased an incredible level of passion for STEM and a true commitment to developing the energy leaders of tomorrow.”

Since it began in 2010, Constellation’s E2 grant program has provided more than $3.5 million in funding for 123 student projects that have enhanced understanding of energy-related science and technology.

JJC’s Girls Leading the Charge 2.0 has three-day workshops offered during the summer.

The schedule will be posted online in March at jjc.edu/llc.

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