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Building race cars: teen girls can do it too

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The battle of the sexes is still very much a reality. However, girl power is getting stronger by the day and local teens are proving it.

Imagine a refrigerator derby car. It’s not at all like a real car. Believe it or not, though, the fridge on wheels can go up to 15 miles per hour.

“I’m going to do this, I’m going to win, I’m going to win for my team,” said Amber Redmond, a student.

And for the next 6 weeks, girls ages 13 to 18 are getting their hands dirty and building race cars out of recycled refrigerators for the first annual ice-box derby.

“Putting together the engine like hardware stuff, I think that’s really interesting. This is a completely new thing for me to learn, because every other science program is done on paper kind of things,” said Lila Kassar, another student.

It’s a six week program sponsored by ComEd that empowers young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

“What we want to do for these girls is open their eyes to the possibilities. They can do everything, and introducing them to projects like this I think gives them a sense, I can do something technical, I can build a car,” said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd CEO and President.

The girls will be mentored by 11 ComEd engineers to build their electric race cars and to help show them that girls can do anything boys can do.

“I feel like women have been put on the back burner sometimes, but I feel like all of our talents haven’t been showcased, so why not showcase them now and show the world we can do something,” Redmond added.

All girls participating will receive a $1000 scholarship. They’ll race on August 23 outside of the Field Museum.

If you want to check on the girls’ progress, you can find them on Twitter under the hashtag #Empower.

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