Chicago Sky Partners with ComEd for Powering Lives STEM Contest


Through a continued partnership with ComEd, the Chicago Sky is excited to launch a new “Powering Lives STEM Contest” presented by ComEd. The competition, open to middle schools students (6-8th grade) in the Chicagoland area, incentivizes students to create an innovation as a group or class to win funds for their school or affiliated organization/ education based non-profit.

“In working with ComEd for multiple seasons we’ve found that our goals are closely aligned in the support of education and youth initiatives,” said Jim Burda, Chicago Sky Vice President of Marketing and Community Partnership. “The STEM contest is a great opportunity to bring our mission of redefining possible to the forefront by encouraging students to share ideas and positively impact the future.”

Student submissions must explain one innovation, idea, or creation using the components of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to help solve a problem on a local scale such as in their school, community, or Chicagoland area (i.e. renewable energy, sustainable food). The project can be illustrated in a video or through images that explain the issue and address a solution to the problem. Video submissions should be no more than five minutes in length and can be entered with a URL on or by email to a Chicago Sky representative.

“Young people must have a solid foundation of scientific and technological knowledge to succeed in today’s society, and ComEd is committed to making sure students throughout Northern Illinois have access to STEM programs,” said Michelle Blaise, SVP of Technical Services, ComEd. “We are excited to be working with the Chicago Sky to launch the Powering Lives S.T.E.M. Contest, and look forward to being inspired by the creations of these young and bright STEM superstars.”

ComEd and Chicago Sky representatives will judge submissions and ten selected finalists will have the opportunity to bring their projects to display on a concourse table during the Chicago Sky game on May 24th. A committee consisting of ComEd and Chicago Sky representatives will vote on the projects to determine the first, second and third place winners who will be honored at center court during the third quarter break. The first place winner will receive a $3,000 donation to their school or affiliated educational organization for classroom supplies or technology and a pizza party courtesy of ComEd. Second and third place winners will also receive a monetary donation to their school or affiliated educational organization courtesy of ComEd.

Entries may be submitted by group or class leaders on CHICAGOSKY.NET and should include all group member’s names and contact information for the group/classroom leader. The deadline for all submissions is May 14th, 2016. To learn more about the Chicago Sky/ComEd STEM Competition please contact Jordan Johnson at 312.994.5999 or