The Exelon Foundation in collaboration with Exelon Corporation has announced the return of its annual STEM Innovation Leadership Academy.
The academy was launched in 2018 to encourage young girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
However, this time as a result of the pandemic, STEM Academy events will be held virtually for some 180 participants, with an emphasis on examining issues relating to climate change.
Hosted in conjunction with the United Nations Women HeForShe initiative, the 2020 iteration of the Academy will be held for students in Chicago (July 13-17), Philadelphia (July 27-31), and Washington D.C./Baltimore (August 3-7).
Each year the Exelon Foundation holds the STEM Academy events in cities where Exelon has operating companies.
Some 60 high school girls in each market will participate in online educational seminars and discussions, hands-on workshops using tools and other items sent to them beforehand as part of a STEM Supply Kit, and even virtual field trips to noteworthy STEM-related landmarks in their hometowns.
Students are being challenged to design their own energy-efficient product prototypes, with a panel of judges selecting a winning project at the conclusion of each Academy.
The 2020 Academy, funded by the Exelon Foundation, is part of Exelon’s $3 million investment to encourage and support the involvement of young women in STEM.
Chris Crane, the CEO of Exelon, said: “It is imperative that we engage, educate and inspire the next generation of STEM leaders and provide them the tools and encouragement they need to prepare for future professional careers.
“This programme provides female students with access to STEM leaders, educational tools, and learning opportunities that they may not otherwise have the chance to experience first-hand. Despite the pandemic, we have found innovative ways to provide these young women with an enriching STEM experience this summer.”