BALTIMORE (Feb. 2, 2022) — On its first day as a new, Baltimore-based company, Constellation affirmed its commitment to the Maryland region and STEM education with a $1 million multiyear donation to the Maryland Science Center. Following its separation today from Exelon, Constellation launches as a standalone, publicly traded company and the nation’s largest carbon-free energy producer and leading supplier of clean energy solutions to millions of homes and businesses.
The donation will fund Science Beyond the Classroom, Powered by Constellation, the Maryland Science Center’s longstanding program supporting free admission for all Maryland students visiting on field trips. A critical goal of the program will be to ensure all children have access to quality STEM education, recognizing that early access to science builds a foundation of lifelong learning. Constellation’s $1 million contribution will ensure access to the Maryland Science Center for tens of thousands of students and teachers over the next five years.
“To achieve a carbon-free future, we must also invest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to inspire the next generation of energy leaders and engage them in the fight against climate change,” said Joseph Dominguez, CEO of Constellation. “We are proud of our enduring partnership with the Maryland Science Center and are committed to advancing equitable access to education in science and our nation’s response to the climate crisis.”
“This generous gift from Constellation ensures that current and future generations of young learners will have barrier-free access to the unique brand of science education that only the Maryland Science Center can deliver,” said Mark J. Potter, President and CEO of the Maryland Science Center. “This support is critical to our mission to promote science literacy and give students a different perspective on the world around them and the challenges we face on our planet.”
Constellation and its predecessor companies have been among the Maryland Science Center’s most enduring patrons. Established in 1797, the Maryland Academy of Sciences is one of the oldest scientific institutions in the nation. The Academy opened the Maryland Science Center in 1976 at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Since that time, Constellation staff have invested in the Center’s programs, served on its board and volunteered on a wide range of projects.
In 2012, Constellation together with Exelon supported the creation of the Power Up! Exhibit, which teaches visitors about electricity. Topics include everything from building circuits, transmission lines and power plants to exploring cutting-edge fuels and maintaining the electrical grid for an entire metro area. Previous programs supported by Constellation include Sacks for Science, which helps school groups visit the Maryland Science Center. Since its launch in 2013, more than 100 school groups have benefited from the program, which provides local students access to hands-on STEM activities.
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