Joliet Junior College was one of 20 schools nationwide to be awarded funds through Constellation’s “Energy to Educate” grant program, according to a news release.
JJC will use its $40,000 grant to provide 225 female students from low-income junior high schools an opportunity to expand their science, technology, engineering and mathematics knowledge. The students will learn about energy, specifically solar-powered and hydrocar fuel cell cars and about how to become a design engineer.
Through three-day workshops, students will learn principles of basic physics, mechanics and solar/hydro energy, while also developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Two workshops will be offered for 2019.
The first will use commercially available instruction kits to allow students, working in teams to design their solar-powered cars, learn about solar/photovoltaic cells, troubleshoot and prepare to test their cars’ functionality.
In addition, girls will have the option of continuing their education in sustainable energy through a second workshop that focuses on designing Hydrocar Fuel Cell cars.
The program was established in 2010 and since then has provided more than $3.5 million in funding for 123 student projects that have enhanced the understanding of energy-related science and technology issues. Grant recipients are announced each year during American Education Week.
“Energy innovation and STEM education are at the core of what we do every day,” Constellation CEO Jim McHugh said.
Constellation is a Baltimore-based competitive supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental U.S. The company’s family of retail businesses serves about 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Constellation is a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2017 revenues of about $33.5 billion.