ComEd's 'Solar Spotlight' program exposes students to STEM careers
ROCKFORD (WREX) -
In honor of Black History month, one company looks to inspire African-American students to seek out innovative careers.
ComEd kicked off their 'Solar Spotlight' program Saturday, which focuses on careers in the STEM fields, meaning science, technology, engineering and math.
Nine Auburn High School students got the change to learn about solar energy in a demonstration from experts, as well as build their own solar panels. The students also learned about Lewis Latimer, a black engineer who helped Thomas Edison invent the light bulb.
"The closer you can connect them to your own past experiences, the more they can relate to the fact that they can do it, too," said Kevin Brookins, the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Administration for ComEd.
In honor of this experience, a solar light will be installed next week at Auburn High School.