Three area students were among the young women who participated in ComEd's 2018 Icebox Derby program this summer.
ComEd selected 30 girls, ages 13 to 18, to participate in the program designed to encourage women to pursue science, technology, engineering and math education and careers, according to a ComEd news release.
Grace Credit of La Grange, a junior at Lyons Township High School in La Grange; Nataly Vargas of Berwyn, an eighth-grader at Lincoln Middle School in Berwyn; and Zoe Sandacz of Glen Ellyn, a junior at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, were three of the students chosen.
Throughout the program, participants worked in teams to transform used refrigerators into electric- and solar-powered race cars. The students met regularly over three weeks, from July 19 to Aug. 4, and worked alongside ComEd mentors to build their cars, the release stated. Each participant received a $1,500 scholarship.
The program culminated with a race Aug. 4 at Daley Plaza in Chicago. Credit was on the winning team, Yellow Spark, which earned bragging rights and the Icebox Derby STEM Cup, according to the release.