Empowering Communities

Solar Program Shines Latino Light on Teen Ingenuity

October 20, 2016

Did you know that a Mexican electrical engineer invented a device to create color television?

Thanks to a new STEM program – that’s science, technology, engineering, and math – students learned about Guillermo González Camarena and other Hispanic inventors during Hispanic Heritage Month.

A two-day immersion experience, ComEd’s “Solar Spotlight” program exposed high school students to careers focused on alternative and innovative energy solutions. ComEd recently ran the program for local high school students in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month.

More than 90 high school students worked with ComEd mentors, saw live solar demonstrations, and had the opportunity to construct their own solar-powered cells.

ComEd commemorated the students’ work by installing solar lights in the following community areas:

  • Aspira located in Belmont Gardens
  • Manuel Perez Plaza in Little Village
  • El Valor in South Chicago
  • East Aurora High School in Aurora, Ill.