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Joliet Junior College to host solar energy program for girls

Joliet Junior College was recently awarded an E2 Energy to Educate grant from Constellation, an Exelon Company.

This grant will provide JJC’s Corporate & Community Services with an opportunity to enhance its innovative solar power energy program for girls in grades six to eight.

The workshops will take place for a single day on March 4, and again during a three-day workshop March 26 to March 28.

Girls Leading the Charge 2.0 is a STEM-focused challenge that will build upon concepts that were introduced in the initial program. Students were able to design and build solar-powered cars while exploring solar/photovoltaic cells as well as gear drive and pulley systems.

In the GLTC 2.0 program, girls will participate in hands-on activities while applying design and troubleshooting techniques used by engineers.

The JJC program will also introduce students to hydrocar fuel cell cars. These vehicles are powered by a clean-energy fuel cell that converts hydrogen gas to electricity and water.

For more information about JJC’s Girls Leading the Charge 2.0 program, contact Brenda Large at 815-280-1504 or blarge@jjc.edu.

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