Organizers hope weekend race of electric go-karts will power careers in math and science among young women

Members of the Violet Vortex team ready their electric go-kart for a weekend rally meant to spur interest in STEM fields among young women.

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After a two-year hiatus, the ComEd EV Rally returns this weekend with a power race among young women from across the Chicago area who will go head-to-head — or bumper-to-bumper — in hand-built electric go-karts.

In its seventh year, the rally features six teams, each with 30 young women ages 13 to 18. Under the banner of getting more women into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, the race will take place at the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday afternoon.

“I’ve definitely had guys tell me this is a boy’s thing and I really don’t need to say anything to them. I just prove them wrong,” said Isabel Loza, 17, a senior in high school and a member of the Green Galaxy racing team.

Loza said she didn’t feel intimidated by the lack of women in STEM fields. In fact, being underestimated by her male peers pushed her to “show them that women can do anything they can do.”

Members of the Blue Quest team work on their entry into the ComEd EV Rally this weekend.

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