In the summer of 2018, a stone’s throw from the nation’s capital, 55 young women strategized on how to power a cleaner and brighter future. During Exelon’s second STEM Innovation Leadership Academy more than 80 employee volunteers were on hand to mentor and encourage the young women from District of Columbia-area high schools who participated in the week-long program at the University of Maryland.
Participants heard from members of Exelon’s leadership team, and toured Exelon’s newest sustainable facility, the Baltimore HQ building, including an introduction to Constellation’s trading floor. The students also checked out the BGE White Marsh Training Facility and the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant.
After being inspired by places where they could someday apply their STEM knowledge, the students responded to an Energy Innovation Challenge by designing their own sustainable public space. Challenge winners showcased their ideas at Exelon’s recent Innovation Expo in Washington, D.C.
Launched in Chicago in 2018, the STEM Academy is one the ways Exelon is investing in STEM education for young girls, as part of our commitment to the UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, an opportunity to achieve gender equality.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped inspire the Academy students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and provided them with the tools they need to prepare for a successful future. We look forward to running these academies again at the University of Maryland, Philadelphia and Chicago during the summer of 2019.
These young women are stars – and we don’t just say so ourselves! The Academy was featured on WJLA-TV, Washington, D.C.’s ABC affiliate.