FLORENCE – The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization, recented awarded monetary grants to 143 institutions designed to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education projects to schools throughout the Tennessee Valley.
The competitive STEM Classroom grant program, operated in partnership with Battelle Education, received more than 290 grant requests from six states across TVA’s service territory.
“This is the second year we offered this program to the entire Valley, and we saw a major increase in grant applications this year,” said Rachel Crickmar, Community Engagement Senior Program Manager. “There is a demand in the Valley for workforce development through STEM education. I am proud of the way TVA and our retirees are responding to that demand.”
The competitive grant program provided teachers an opportunity to apply for funding up to $5,000. Preference was given to grant applications that explored TVA’s primary areas of focus: environment, energy, economic and career development, and community problem solving. Schools that receive grant funding must receive their power from a TVA distributor.
A full list of the grant recipients may be found at www.tvastem.com.
Grant recipients in and around the Courier Journal service area include:
Colbert County High School, Leighton - $5,000 for Technology Education – Energy and the Environment
Florence Middle School Florence - $3,500 forAlabama Computer Science
Forest Hills Elementary, Florence - $5,000 for Coding with Dash
Harlan Elementary, Florence - $5,000for From Buried Seeds to Growing STEMs: Our Futures are GEMS
HEART Academy at Julian Newman Elementary, Athens - $5,000 for Think, Create, Build
Kilby Laboratory School, Florence - $5,000 for Operation: Infrastructure Make-Over
McBride Elementary School, Muscle Shoals - $5,000 for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade STEM Science classes
Muscle Shoals Middle School, Muscle Shoals - $1,000 for The Grand Energy Race: Panels vs. Power
W. Limestone High School, Lester, AL - $5,000 for Tech Team
Russellville Middle School, Russellville - $5,000 forApp Creators Course
Tharptown Elementary School, Russellville - $5,000 for STEM fun in 4th Grade