Empowering Communities

Racing to Success

July 28, 2016

“STEM means science, technology, engineering, and math, but to me, STEM is life,” says Ty’Nya Larry, a chemical engineering major about to enter her sophomore year at the University of Illinois at Urbana. An alumna of the 2015 Icebox Derby, she is now interning at ComEd.

Ty’Nya joins fellow 2015 Icebox Derby alumnae and current ComEd interns Chequita Grant and Mikayola Martinez, as well as Icebox Derby mentor Josey Nieto, to talk about what the Icebox Derby meant to them and the value of STEM in reaching their career goals.

All three ladies plan to pursue careers in engineering. Chequita is entering her sophomore year as a civil engineering major at the University of Illinois in Urbana, and Mikayola is entering her freshman year at Harold Washington College with plans to transfer colleges to major in engineering.

As the 2016 Icebox Derby kicks off this summer, Ty’Nya, Chequita and Mikayola reminisce about participation in the Icebox Derby, how they worked in teams to transform recycled refrigerators into electric racecars, and raced their fellow Icebox Derby girls for the STEM Cup, scholarship money and other prizes. To learn more, visit the Icebox Derby Website www.theiceboxderby.com.