Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers, Inc. (BVI), a TVA retiree organization, awarded STEM grants to three Robertson County Schools. These grants are awarded in an effort to develop science, technology, engineering, and math education projects to help spark student interest in future careers in STEM-related fields.
Teachers across TVA’s seven-state region applied for funding of up to $5,000 for projects, and 233 applications were selected. To be eligible, schools must receive their power from a local power company served by TVA.
Among those selected were three Springfield schools who are served by the Springfield Electric Department: Cheatham Park Elementary School, Robertson County Phoenix Academy, and Robertson County Innovation Academy.
Cheatham Park Elementary plans to use its grant money to purchase robots to help students learn how to code.
Robertson County Phoenix Academy plans to use its grant money to fund holistic garden-based learning leveraging science to teach children real-life problem-solving skills.
Robertson County Innovation Academy plans to use some of its grant money to fund a project-based learning event, iA Hacks the Pandemic, designed to empower and inspire scholars to think of practical solutions to real-world issues. The remainder of the funds will be used to provide renewable energy education kits to educate on alternative energy sources and procure solar equipment to help power an outdoor engineering workshop.
“TVA is committed to supporting STEM education to help develop today’s students into tomorrow’s engineers, scientists, and IT professionals,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president, and chief external relations officer. “It’s inspiring to be able to contribute to the innovators of the next generation.”
Since 2018, TVA and BVI have awarded nearly $2 million in STEM grants to support local education.
A full list of grant recipients and information on how to apply for a future STEM grant can be found at www.tvastem.com.
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Cheatham Park Elementary School
Robertson County Phoenix Academy
Robertson County Innovation Academy