DAYTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Girls from Dayton Regional STEM School, Edison Elementary School (Dayton Public Schools District), Graham Middle School (Graham Local Schools), Russia Local School (Russia Local School District) and Warner Middle School (Xenia Community Schools), will discover how much fun science can be by taking part in AEGIS 2017 (Activating and Energizing Girls in Science).
Studies show that girls and boys are equally interested in science and math in elementary school. But by middle school, stereotypes and lack of role models start turning girls off when it comes to science, engineering, and technical careers. Girls given the opportunity to learn and experiment get excited about pursuing careers in those fields.
AEGIS 2017 is a program sponsored by Dayton Power & Light and facilitated by the Ohio Energy Project (OEP) to allow girls to explore science and energy issues working as a team. Each of the five teams builds an energy bike, which generates electric energy to illuminate light bulbs by pedaling a stationary bike.
The 25 students in grades 7-9, and their teachers and chaperones, will spend three days, June 6-8, working on the energy bike project. They will also visit DP&L’s operations headquarters and hear from women who work in science-related jobs at DP&L. Meals, lodging and educational materials will be provided free of charge.
After the project, the students may transport their completed energy bike back to their schools where, as leaders, they can use it to help other students, as well as members of their communities learn about energy.
DP&L’s School Education Program, which includes AEGIS 2017, is facilitated by OEP throughout the school year. The school program is part of DP&L’s ongoing energy efficiency efforts for customers, which also include rebates on new heat pumps and air conditioners, discounts on energy-efficient lighting, free refrigerator recycling and rebates for business customers. See more energy efficiency measures at www.dpandl.com/save.
About The Dayton Power and Light Company and AES
The Dayton Power and Light Company is the principal subsidiary of DPL Inc. (DPL), a regional energy provider and an AES company. DPL’s other significant subsidiaries include AES Ohio Generation, LLC (AES Ohio Gen), Miami Valley Insurance Company (MVIC), and Miami Valley Lighting, LLC (MVLt). The Dayton Power and Light Company, a regulated electric utility, provides service to over 520,000 customers in West Central Ohio; AES Ohio Gen engages in the operation of merchant peaking generation facilities; MVIC, a captive insurance company, provides insurance services to DPL and its subsidiaries, and MVLt maintains outdoor lighting to governments and businesses. DPL, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates approximately 3,000 megawatts of generation capacity, of which 2,000 megawatts are coal-fired units and 1,000 megawatts are solar, natural gas, battery storage and diesel peaking units. For more information about the company, please visit www.dplinc.com. Connect with DP&L at www.twitter.com/dpltoday, www.linkedin.com/company/dayton-power-and-light, and at www.facebook.com/DPLToday.
The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 17 countries through a diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce of 19,000 people is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. AES’ 2016 revenues were $14 billion and AES owns and manages $36 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit www.aes.com. Follow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp
About Ohio Energy Project
The Ohio Energy Project, an award-winning energy education organization, facilitates DP&L’s School Education Program, “Be E3 Smart” The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recognized OEP’s work with an “Outstanding Energy Education Program” award in 2008.