Across Pepco and our parent company, Exelon, we are sparking the next generation’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Exelon recently hosted a HeForShe STEM Innovation and Leadership Academy at the University of Maryland, as part of a $3 million commitment encouraging young women’s involvement in STEM programs.
More than 55 female high school students from the region attended the week-long program, participating in a design challenge. Their objective: create a sustainable public space.
The winning students, Aniaa Johnson, Sh’Deja Coles, and Shayne Burton, showcased their ideas of what East Potomac Park would look like in 20 years on WJLA ABC7's Good Morning Washington newscast. The innovative display features solar panels, electric scooters, and a water filtration system that hydrates gardens. The girls also showed WJLA how to create balloon rockets that travel on their own propulsion and how to build a solar oven that can cook s’mores.
“With only 15 percent of high school girls in the country expressing interest in STEM-related careers, this leadership academy is an important part of Exelon’s mission to increase greater gender equity in the utility field,” says Exelon Senior Corporate Relations Manager, Alex Atkinson. “And based on the enthusiasm and excitement shown by Aniaa, Sh’Deja, and Shayne we are off to a great start.”