The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership withCarroll County Electricand Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization), recently awarded McKenzie High School, $5,000for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education project.
The grant award is a part of $800,000 in competitive STEM grants awarded to nearly 200 schools across TVA’s seven-state service territory.
“McKenzie High School is thrilled to be awarded by TVA. We have just started our STEM Program at MHS and this money will be an important step in the implementation our program,” said, Kelly Spivey, Principal of McKenzie High School.”
Across the valley, educators submitted projects large and small, to further their STEM education initiatives in the classroom.
The project McKenzie High School submitted will purchase a classroom set of VexIQ robots for the students to learncoding.
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 as well as pandemic related projects. Schools who receive grant funding must receive their power from a TVA distributor.
“Despite the new challenges Valley teacher’s faced in 2020, they are still focused on providing the best STEM education possible and have adjusted to new ways of teaching,” said Community Engagement Senior Program Manager Rachel Crickmar. “I am proud of the partnerships we have built with these amazing educators across the Tennessee Valley over the past few years and are pleased to be able to provide some support through this program. Through the grants awarded this year, over 72,000 students will be directly impacted across the Valley.”
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.