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HFS Student Scholars Win Top Prize for Smart Pathways Prototype

HFS Student Scholars Win Top Prize for Smart Pathways Prototype

Student Presentations Conclude Inaugural Year of ComEd HFS Scholars

STEM Program & Energy Academy

CHICAGO (June 4, 2019) – The inaugural year of the ComEd HFS Scholars STEM Program and Energy Academy concluded this weekend with student project presentations and an awards ceremony recognizing the top three teams. Students from across a variety of high performing schools around the city were awarded the top prize of $2,000 for their innovative technology concept, Smart Pathways. Smart Pathways was designed to light pathways in a more energy efficient way through motion sensors and light dimming capabilities. The Smart Pathways prototype also included safety features such as movement tracking through its light sensors.

Winning criteria for the student prototypes in the competition included the potential to deliver community benefits related to health, safety, sustainability, connectedness, mobility, efficiency and education.

Winning students, Austin Ayite, Kamron Brown, Bryce Choice and Chris Iwuoha were among the 50 freshman that participated in ComEd’s HFS Scholars STEM Program and Energy Academy, a four-year educational program connecting socioeconomically-disadvantaged high school students to STEM subjects, specifically related to the energy industry. Since its kickoff in December, students have been taking part in an immersive experience, learning the fundamentals of energy, smart city technologies and sustainability, in addition to developing smart grid prototypes with professional engineer mentors.

“While the partnership we’ve built with HFS Chicago Scholars offers its students the unique opportunity to learn about the exciting future of energy, it also grants us the opportunity to learn from these bright students,” said Shay Bahramira, Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at Comed. “We look forward to building upon this partnership and to see these freshmen students grow over the course of their high school career, as they all achieved excellence over the past five months.”

Mia Cadichon, Dulce Chavez, Ashley Farinango, Dayanara Orellana, Luz Perez and Amanda Zavala won second place and were awarded $1,250. The team developed a Smart Charger designed to charge phones in a more energy efficient way, as well as reduce overheating and/or exploding phone batteries, by turning off the charger once the phone reaches 100% power.

Saul Garcia, Edgar Mijarez, Leslie Ortega, Israel Ramos and Edgar Valadez placed in third, receiving a prize of $750 for developing a Smart Carbon Dioxide Detector that was designed to improve air quality and emergency response times in regard to carbon dioxide emissions. The prototype included integrating sensors into existing technology to sense the amount of carbon dioxide in the air as well as assist in emergency response by rerouting GPS systems and working with traffic signals to route traffic away from dangerous areas.

“ComEd has been a fantastic partner for over 10 years,” said Mike Kennelly, Founder & Chairman of HFS Chicago Scholars. “They launched this program this year, and it’s been great for our freshmen scholars, learning scientific concepts from ComEd’s scientists and engineers, and how to apply them.  But more than anything, seeing them have a lot of fun along the way.”

Other student prototypes ranged from smart outlets helping reduce excess energy usage to smart canes helping the sight impaired to technology that would use precipitation as an energy source to generate electricity and a water source by filtering the water for home appliance usage.

The HFS Scholars STEM Program and Energy Academy is part of ComEd’s Community of the Future in Bronzeville, a collaborative effort of local residents and ComEd to use smart grid technologies to create a connected, green and resilient community and enhance people’s everyday lives.  Other Community of the Future pilots include a microgrid that enhances the security and resiliency of the electric system; an electric vehicle transportation service for seniors; a community energy storage pilot; off-grid renewable lighting structures; and sensor-based technologies that are being piloted with nearby Illinois Tech. The Community of the Future also features STEM education programs for Bronzeville and Chicago-area high school students, who are applying microprocessor technology to design solutions that address community needs and enhance quality of life.

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Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

CALL FOR ARTISTS - JOIN THE 2019 SO FRESH SATURDAY TOUR IN ENGLEWOOD!

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Healthy Men, Stronger Communities

Men's Health Fair presented by St. Bernard Hospital Saturday, June 22, 2019. 

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Education and Family Resource Fair

           Englewood Community Prepares Families for a Safe, Fun, and Healthy Summer

May 13, 2019. Englewood, Chicago. -- Organizations from the Englewood community are organizing the first Education and Family Resource Fair on Saturday, May 18th at the Salvation Army at 945 W. 69th Street from 10am to 3pm. This event includes summer youth employment opportunities and summer youth programs. The event is sponsored by the Englewood Quality of Life Education and Youth Task Force. The Englewood Quality of Life Plan (EQLP) is a community driven plan to improve the Quality of Life for Englewood residents. The Education and Youth Task Force is one of five task forces working to address issues impacting the community through programs and initiatives. 

Englewood STEM High School Registration

The new Englewood STEM High School is now registering students for Fall 2019.

Please see flyer for details. 

Englewood Police Youth Baseball League

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Teamwork Englewood is seeking an Accountant

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Upward Bound Summer Program

The Family Centered Educational Agency Trio Upward Bound is now accepting applications for rising 9th graders (current 8th graders) who live in Englewood.

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Urban Prep Charter Academy High School Students Awarded Top Prize for Innovative Smart Grid Prototype

The Second Annual ComEd Ideathon awarded students from Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men the top prize of $2,000 for their innovative technology concept that turns an everyday park into a digital playground of the future. The digital playground allows for neighborhood sign-ups, increased security, weather warnings and the ability to track attendance.

Winning criteria for the student prototypes in a “Spark Tank” competition included the potential to deliver community benefits related to health, safety, sustainability, connectedness, mobility, efficiency and education.

Students Brandon Black, Alex Linzy and Akil Muhammad were one of 15 teams that participated in this year’s ComEd Ideathon, an educational program in which high school students in Bronzeville form teams to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) technology and partake in a friendly competition. Since Ideathon’s kickoff in January, students have been working with mentors to learn how to use microprocessors and develop sensors that can relay helpful information and enable a community to function efficiently, sustainably, reliably and more safely.

“Ideathon emerged from the desire to help inspire high school students to learn about emerging technology, yet we are the ones who have been inspired by the students’ innovative ideas,” said ComEd, Vice President of Technical Services, M. Michelle Blaise, also a judge of this year’s competition. “We are so proud of the commitment and determination in each and every one of the students who participated in this year’s Ideathon. While three teams received awards, all the students truly are winners.”

Mykiah Jordan, Taneisha Spiller and Tynessa Spiller from Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago won second place and were awarded $1,000. The all-female team developed a sanitizer that would sanitize public transportation to help reduce the possibility of contracting an illness and spreading it further by using a timing device to distribute an aerial disinfectant to eliminate germs.  

Sydney Cason, Imani Smith and Gleenisha White, also from Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago, placed in third and received a prize of $500 for developing a gunshot detection system that would help improve the safety and security of neighborhoods. Their idea uses sound frequency detection of gunshots to notify civilians through a GPS system of a dangerous area and blinking lights for those who do not own smartphones.

Other student prototypes ranged from smart canes for the sight-impaired to smart sidewalk salt-dispensers for winter safety to smart vests for first responders.

To help facilitate the Ideathon student working sessions, ComEd partnered with college mentors and engineers from Accenture, AECOMM, Burns & McDonnell, Gray Matter Analytics, KDM Engineering, SDI Presence, Illinois Tech, and the National Society of Black Engineers.

Ideathon is part of ComEd’s Bronzeville Community of the Future initiative, which is focused on leveraging smart grid technology and collaborating with residents to explore the potential to enhance everyday life. Other Community of the Future initiatives include a microgrid that will enhance the security and resiliency of the electric system; an electric vehicle transportation service for seniors; off-grid wind and solar LED streetlights; a community energy storage pilot; a smart interactive kiosk that provides real-time information along with emergency alerts, wayfinding and public Wi-Fi; and sensor-based technologies that are being piloted in conjunction with Illinois Tech.

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Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Buy the Block Englewood Series Returns....

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Spanish Coalition for Housing Continues to Increase Access to CHA Services

As Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH) completes its third year as part of Community Alliance, the Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) Diversity Outreach Initiative, it continues to increase access to CHA programs and services for thousands of families in diverse communities through its hands-on workshops. Since Community Alliance launched in 2016, SCH has educated more than 3,800 individuals through these workshops, teaching attendees about affordable housing, senior housing, job seeking, Section 3 businesses, and more.

 

Furthermore, over 1,000 individuals have taken action from SCH’s outreach efforts, such as applying for senior housing, applying or updating housing assistance applications and creating Section 3 profiles in the CHA portal, which identifies low-income individuals who can benefit from HUD-financed employment and economic opportunities. To continue making a difference in Chicago’s diverse communities through this initiative, SCH plans to focus many of its marketing and outreach efforts towards increasing workshop attendance to educate and assist even more people in 2019.

 

“When we became a partner of the Community Alliance, we saw it as an opportunity to better connect individuals with cultural sensitivities and language barriers to CHA programs, as we offer bilingual, Spanish and English, services,” said Karla Valadez, CHA Project Coordinator, SCH. “We’ve clearly seen an increase in community participation of these programs since the program’s launch and gladly still offer these educational workshops in the communities.”

 

While the workshops are there for attendees to learn about available CHA programs, SCH also uses the sessions to learn about the residents within those communities. Within each session, SCH staff is able to personally meet with attendees to better learn about their specific needs and connect them to the valuable resources that they may need, such as financial education, foreclosure counseling or energy bill assistance. They understand that each individual is unique and treats every encounter with the attention it deserves.

 

“What I appreciate most about Spanish Coalition for Housing staff is that they really show they care. I am able to trust them,” said Israel Flores, SCH client. “I met Karla at one of the Senior Housing workshops, and since then she’s worked closely with me whenever I need help. She’s really gone the extra mile to help me understand everything when applying for disability and affordable housing. She even helped me download an app on my phone to help me keep track of my application status.”

 

Since the CHA opened its public housing and Project-Based Voucher waitlists this past December, SCH has consistently been assisting community members with registration. Understanding that applying for these waitlists can be a complicated process, SCH staff members invites anyone with questions or concerns to call, email or visit one of the three offices for dedicated assistance. (Main Office: 773-342-7575, 199 N. Pulaski Road; Pilsen Office: 312-850-2660, 1915 S. Blue Island; Southeast Office: 773-933-7575, 9010 S. Commercial).

 

Bronzeville High Schoolers Move Towards Finalizing Smart City Prototypes at ComEd Ideathon Workshop

ComEd hosted its final Ideathon working session where high school students finalized smart city technology projects.

UChicago Medicine invests $477.3 million in community benefit in fiscal 2018

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Get Fit with RAGE - So Fresh Family Fitness Night at Ogden Park

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ComEd Leaders Help Further Students' STEM Skills at Immersive Workshop

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