Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization), announced awards today of $600,000 to educators in the Tennessee Valley.

STEM classroom grants funded by the two organizations will allow teachers and other educators to build science labs, create prototyping lessons, and much more. All told, more than 70,000 students will benefit from the program. These resources are targeted to benefit low income schools. Of the 142 different schools awarded funds today, 94 (66%) are Title 1 schools. Title 1 schools meet the federal government’s definition for primarily serving low-income students.

Both the STEMx network and Tennessee STEM Innovation Network recruited applicants for the opportunity, in partnership with TVA and Bicentennial Volunteers. Click here for the list of schools awarded funds. These networks are managed by Battelle, an independent research and development non-profit, as a part of the company’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of innovators.

For all the details on the program and what educators had to say, read the press release from TVA and the Bicentennial Volunteers.

 TVA Partnership Awards $600,000 in STEM Grants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization, announced this week the award of $600,000 in grants to educators in public schools to develop science, technology, engineering, and math education projects all across 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 Community Engagement Senior Program Manager Rachel Crickmar. “There is a demand in the Valley for workforce development through STEM education and I am proud of the way TVA and our retirees are responding to that demand.”

“Thanks to this continued support, students in six states will experience hands-on learning in new and exciting ways,” said Wes Hall, Interim Senior Vice President for Education and Philanthropy at Battelle. “TVA and BVI are growing awareness of STEM education and its importance throughout the Valley.

Among the 142 grant awards is “Aquaponics Workforce” at Mount Juliet High School in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Students will benefit from work-based learning with the aquaponics tanks. “Having funding for this versatile project is a great boost to our agriculture program,” said teacher Lindsay Nicholas. “Students will be setting rations and balances, weighing fish, monitoring nutrition, learning food processing and testing water and pH. Ag classes will also be keeping up with care and maintenance of the fish and water and will be learning to cycle fish manure to use as fertilizer for plants in the greenhouse. It truly is a project that every Ag class can have part in to learn how to manage a whole system.”

Another project that received funding is in rural Byrdstown, Tennessee, where first year math teacher, Maria Holt, is excited to answer the question she is often asked by students, “When will I ever use this math?” “Telling student the benefits of math and showing them are two different things. I’m excited that I will be able to purchase equipment to use for projects where students can see how math is used in some of the careers they might be interested in pursuing. Thanks to TVA and BVI, I now have the tools to increase students’ drive and motivation in mathematics.”

In New Albany, Mississippi, the vision of New Albany School District is “Preparing ALL for Success.” That is what New Albany Middle School will be doing with their grant. The school plans to implement and “IMAGINE STEM Lab” that all students will rotate through on a weekly basis as part of their technology seminar classes. This project will allow all students of all academic abilities to have access to hands-on STEM learning.

Across the valley, educators submitted projects large and small, to further STEM education initiatives in the classroom.

“The projects were all across the STEM spectrum,” said Crickmar. “We had requests for traditional things like science lab and robotics equipment, but we also had projects where students are challenged with designing energy efficient housing and building prototypes of inventions created to assist senior citizens in their communities. We had a great cross-section of applications that were very representative of life in the Valley.”

The competitive grant program provided teachers an opportunity to apply for funding up to $5,000 and 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 who receive grant funding must receive their power from a TVA distributor.

A full list of the grant recipients can be found at www.tvastem.com.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

Awards to educators

State City TVA STEM Classroom Grant Recipient Project Name
Alabama Bridgeport Bridgeport Middle School Innovation Center
Alabama Huntsville Challenger Middle School Challenger Middle Greenpower STEM
Alabama Decatur Chestnut Grove Elementary STEM
Alabama Leighton Colbert County High School Technology Education – Energy and the Environment
Alabama Florence Florence Middle School Computer Science
Alabama Florence Forest Hills Elementary School Coding with Dash
Alabama Huntsville Grissom High School Greenpower
Alabama Florence Harlan Elementary From Buried Seeds to Growing STEMs: Our Futures are GEMS
Alabama Athens HEART Academy @ Julian Newman Elementary Think, Create, Build
Alabama Huntsville Huntsville High School GreenpowerUSA Race Team Custom Car Build
Alabama Florence Kilby Laboratory School Operation: Infrastructure Make-Over
Alabama Madison Liberty Middle History through Technology
Alabama Madison Madison Elementary School Conquering Global Goals through Collaboration and Coding.
Alabama Muscle Shoals McBride Elementary School Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade STEM Science classes
Alabama Muscle Shoals Muscle Shoals Middle School The Grand Energy Race: Panels vs. Power
Alabama Russellville Russellville Middle School App Creators Course
Alabama Section Section High School Coding, Careers, and Inventors, Oh My!
Alabama Skyline Skyline HS Underwater ROVs for Marine and Environmental Science
Alabama Toney Sparkman Middle School STEM
Alabama Stevenson Stevenson Elementary School Stevenson Elementary School STEM Lab
Alabama Russellville Tharptown Elementary School STEM fun in 4th Grade
Alabama Vinemont Vinemont Middle STEM
Alabama Lester West Limestone High School Tech Team
Georgia Ringgold Heritage Middle School STEM
Georgia Blue Ridge West Fannin Elementary West Fannin Chemical and Bacterial Water Testing Program
Georgia Blue Ridge West Fannin Elementary School STEM Lab – Dash Robots
Kentucky Bowling Green Bowling Green High School Physics and Chemistry
Kentucky Russellville Chandler’s Elementary School Chandler’s Innovator’s Club and STEM Lab
Kentucky Bowling Green Drakes Creek Middle School Ideas Made Real
Kentucky Lewisburg Lewisburg School Technology to Support Lewisburg School Student Projects in STEM
Kentucky Murray Murray Middle School STEAM
Kentucky Glasgow Red Cross Elementary School STEAM Lab
Kentucky Bowling Green South Warren High School Computer Science Pathway for High Demand Career Opportunities
Mississippi Aberdeen Aberdeen Elementary School Explore Program for gifted and talented students
Mississippi Glen Alcorn Central High School Keystone- Freshman Focus class
Mississippi Columbus CMSD Elementary Schools Differentiating Coding in CMSD
Mississippi Golden Fairview Attendance Center Digital and Visual Presentations and Projects
Mississippi Fulton Itawamba Agricultural High School The 3RRRs and 3D Printing
Mississippi Fulton Itawamba Career and Technical Center Start Here. Go Anywhere.
Mississippi Oxford Lafayette High School STEM
Mississippi Tupelo Milam Elementary Building Circuits Bit by Bit
Mississippi Louisville Nanih Waiya Attendance Center STEM
Mississippi Philadelphia Neshoba Central Middle School STEM
Mississippi New Albany New Albany Middle School IMAGINE STEM Lab
Mississippi Shannon Shannon Primary and Middle Schools Career Awareness with STEM
Mississippi Tupelo Tupelo Career-Technical Center Automotive, Collision, Digital Media, Early Childhood, Engineering, Marketing &  Welding
Mississippi Weir Weir Elementary School S.T.E.M. (Student Teacher Education Materials) Resource Check-out
North Carolina Murphy Cherokee County Schools Building a Data Collection and Analysis Network via the Internet of Things
North Carolina Murphy Murphy High School Sphero BOLT to the Top
North Carolina Murphy The Learning Center! Charter School Living History Museum project
Tennessee Livingston A.H. Roberts Elementary Exploring Robotics and Digital Apps Coding in a Special Education Classroom
Tennessee Adamsville Adamsville Elementary Growing Knowledge Greenhouse
Tennessee Adamsville Adamsville High School Avoiding Constriction by Embracing Python
Tennessee Alcoa Alcoa High School Alcoa Mechatronics-Powering the Future–Through Efficient and Effective Energy Management
Tennessee Knoxville Amherst Elementary Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Tennessee Brownsville Anderson Early Childhood Center Growing Kids- Growing Green
Tennessee Antioch Antioch High School MNPS STEM
Tennessee Spring Hill Battle Creek Elementary School STEM
Tennessee Knoxville Bearden High School Cybersecurity Program
Tennessee Bolivar Bolivar Middle School Library Maker Space
Tennessee Chattanooga Brainerd High School Robotics Club
Tennessee Knoxville Brickey-McCloud Elementary STEM Arts Classroom
Tennessee Cleveland Candy’s Creek Cherokee Elementary School Tactile Coding/Technology Class
Tennessee Smyrna Cedar Grove Elementary Full STEAM Ahead
Tennessee Madison Chadwell Elementary Chadwell’s Engineering and Robotics Program
Tennessee Charleston Charleston Elementary STEAM Academy Building Engineers and Computer Coders
Tennessee Chattanooga Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts Art of Technology – Voice-operated prosthetic device collaboration.
Tennessee New Tazewell Claiborne High School Large Animal Science/Agriscience
Tennessee Clarkrange Clarkrange High School Robotics/STEM
Tennessee Portland Clyde Riggs Elementary Planting the Seed Through Technology
Tennessee Coalfield Coalfield Middle School STEM
Tennessee Nashville Cockrill Elementary Robots and Mentors
Tennessee Columbia Columbia Central High School CHS STEM Club’s “Smart” Power Project
Tennessee Cordova Cordova Elementary Optional School Coding: Robots in the Library
Tennessee Cornersville Cornersville High Applied Math Acceleration
Tennessee Cosby Cosby Elementary School Community Problem Solving Studio
Tennessee Culleoka Culleoka Unit School Alternative Energy with Wind, Structural Engineering and Technologies
Tennessee Cumberland Gap Cumberland Gap High School Introduction to Collision Repair/Collision Repair Non-Structural/Career Exploration
Tennessee Dandridge Dandridge Elementary School STEM
Tennessee Decherd Decherd Elementary Building STEM through an Outdoor Tree House
Tennessee Murfreesboro Discovery School Greenhouse Challenge: Farmer vs. Bot!
Tennessee Hendersonville Dr. William Burrus Elementary STEM and Environmental Science
Tennessee Columbia E.A. Cox Middle School STEM
Tennessee Pioneer Elk Valley Elementary Classroom Computing
Tennessee Murfreesboro Erma Siegel Elementary STEMulating Young Engineers
Tennessee Knoxville Farragut Primary School Building a Future of Thinkers with STEM
Tennessee Oak Ridge Glenwood Elementary Engineering a Brighter Future
Tennessee Gordonsville Gordonsville High School Making Space for STEM Project
Tennessee Hampshire Hampshire Unit School STEM in Reading/Language Arts
Tennessee Ooltewah Harrison Bay Future Ready Institute STEM
Tennessee Brownsville Haywood High School STEM
Tennessee Brownsville Haywood Middle School STEM
Tennessee Murfreesboro Hobgood Elementary STEM-Based Augmented Reality Sandbox Project
Tennessee Maynardville Horace Maynard Middle School STEM and the Community
Tennessee Erin Houston County High School Irish Greenhouse
Tennessee Huntingdon Huntingdon High School Soil Analysis
Tennessee Lawrenceburg Ingram Sowell Elementary Project Mindstorm
Tennessee Knoxville Inskip Elementary School Bring our technology into the 21st century!
Tennessee Columbia J.E. Woodard Elementary STEM
Tennessee Columbia J.R. Baker Elementary School Circuits and Coding in Our World
Tennessee Antioch John F Kennedy Middle School STEAM-Centered Makerspace
Tennessee Nashville John Overton High School Community Garden and Outdoor Classroom
Tennessee Lebanon Lebanon High School Remote Control Project
Tennessee Lenoir city Lenoir city middle school STEM: Adaptive Technology
Tennessee Spring Hill Marvin Wright Elementary Gardening in the 21st Century:  Leading the Way in Food Security Solutions
Tennessee Maryville Maryville High School Blount County Robotics Team 4504
Tennessee Selmer McNairy Central High School McNairy Central High School LRE
Tennessee Michie Michie Elementary School Steaming Forward into the Future
Tennessee Middleton Middleton High School STEM
Tennessee Millington Millington Middle School STEM and VEX VRC
Tennessee Mt. Juliet Mt. Juliet High School Aquaponics Workforce
Tennessee Mt. Pleasant Mt. Pleasant Elementary School STEM Program/Read to be Ready
Tennessee Big Rock North Stewart Elementary School STEM for All
Tennessee Newbern Northview Middle School STEM
Tennessee Oliver Springs Oliver Springs High School After School Electric Car Club
Tennessee Cleveland Park View Elementary Cleared For Takeoff
Tennessee Byrdstown Pickett County K-8 School Math & STEM
Tennessee Rockvale Rockvale Middle School STEM, Coding, Science, and Math classes
Tennessee Smyrna Rocky Fork Middle School STEM
Tennessee Nashville Rose Park Magnet Math and Science Middle School, MNPS Encore
Tennessee Murfreesboro Salem Elementary Salem Elementary (school-wide)
Tennessee Maryville Sam Houston Elementary STEM – Electrical Circuits
Tennessee Madisonville Sequoyah High School A STEMulating Proposal for Expanding the Sequoyah High School Summer Robotic Camp
Tennessee Soddy Daisy Soddy Daisy Middle School Civil War Maps
Tennessee Medina South Gibson County High School STEM
Tennessee Spring Hill Spring Hill Elementary No Dirt-No Problem! School-wide STEM Vertical Gardening
Tennessee Dover Stewart County Middle School STEM
Tennessee Burns Stuart Burns Elementary School STEM
Tennessee Bluff City Sullivan East High School Physics & Chemistry
Tennessee Sunbright Sunbright STEM
Tennessee Surgoinsville Surgoinsville Elementary School STEM
Tennessee Collierville Tara Oaks Elementary School Butterfly Grove
Tennessee Nashville Tennessee School for the Blind STEM, Aquaponics
Tennessee Dyersburg Three Oaks Middle School Three Oaks STEM Sustainable Greenhouse
Tennessee Tracy City Tracy City Elementary School What Can You Build?
Tennessee Spencer Van Buren County Middle/High School Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry Departments
Tennessee Washburn Washburn Math Club
Tennessee Dresden Weakley County Schools Mobile STEM Labs
Tennessee Clarksville West Creek Middle School STEM after school program
Tennessee Lewisburg Westhills Elementary School Questioning the Keyboard
Tennessee Nashville Whitsitt Elementary Technology Class, STEAM Class and Physical education class
Tennessee Franklin Williamson County Schools Breaking Down School Walls
Tennessee Lebanon Wilson County Schools Imagination Station STEM Bus

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