BALTIMORE — Constellation, an Exelon company, is accepting applications for its 2018 E2 Energy to Educate grant program, which provides funding for student research projects focusing on energy innovation. Students in grades 6-12 can apply for program grants up to $25,000, and students in two- and four-year colleges can apply for grants up to $50,000. The deadline for applications is Oct. 1, 2018.
“As leaders in the energy industry, we at Constellation feel it’s our responsibility to prepare the next generation for all the opportunities on the horizon. Signature programs such as Energy to Educate do just that,” said Jorge Acevedo, senior vice president, Generation Innovation and Strategy. “To date, we’ve provided more than $3 million for research and education programs that have motivated and challenged more than 100,000 students to stretch their science, math, and technology muscles and become the industry leaders of tomorrow.”
In 2017, Energy to Educate awarded more than $410,000 across 18 projects and reached more than 27,000 students nationwide. Projects included solar car competitions, fuel cell technology, energy storage, wind power, and teaching energy concepts via an interactive gaming platform.
One 2017 award-recipient, Albany State University, used E2 funding to support its Summer Solar Camp. Students enrolled in the camp designed a solar circuit to power a motor scooter, among other creative ideas. (See video about the camp.)
“I really appreciate that Constellation funded us and made this camp possible, as it is the only STEM camp in the area,” said Dr. Arun Saha, associate professor of physics at the university. “Constellation does this out of a sense of social responsibility, not only in Baltimore but in this academically disadvantaged, southwest Georgia area. And we are thankful.”
To be eligible for funding, a project must be team-oriented, reach a minimum of 100 students, and align with the following energy innovation themes:
- Smart Home: How will new technologies and artificial intelligence transform our home energy usage in the future? More and more, homes are generating their own electricity and interactive technology is becoming a part of our daily lives.
- Electrification: What will the future of transportation look like? New technologies can power us into a cleaner energy future via electrification.
- Clean Energy & Zero Waste: How do we understand which energy sources and choices will have the greatest impact on our collective and individual carbon footprint? What if we could harness and store energy that would otherwise be wasted? The recycling & storage movement is catching on in energy thanks to innovative technologies.
Constellation’s focus on energy education aligns with its parent company, Exelon, which was named among the nation’s 50 most community-mind companies by Points of Light. Exelon companies, together with Constellation, contributed more than $52 million to nonprofits in 2017 supporting education, the environment, culture and arts, and community development.
Grant recipients are announced each year during American Education Week. To learn more about the program and application criteria, visit the Community Outreach section of www.constellation.com.