SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (WTVF) – Three schools in Robertson County have received STEM grants to develop science, technology, engineering and math education projects to spark student interest in future careers in these areas.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Bicentennial Volunteers, Inc. (BVI), an organization of TVA retirees, awarded the grants to the three schools, chosen from a seven-state region from a pool of 233 applicants.
The teachers applied for funding of up to $5,000 for projects, and to be eligible they had to receive their electricity from a local power company served by TVA.
Cheatham Park Elementary School, Robertson County Phoenix Academy, and Robertson County Innovation Academy were three Springfield schools chosen.
Cheatham Park Elementary plans to use its money to buy robots and teach students to code.
Robertson County Phoenix Academy plans to use its money to fund holistic garden-based learning to teach kids real-world problem-solving skills using science.
The Robertson County Innovation Academy plans to use a portion of its grants to fund a project-based learning event to empower and inspire students to think about practical solutions to real-world problems, called iA Hacks the Pandemic. The rest of the funds will provide renewable energy education kits to educate about alternative energy sources and purchase solar equipment to help power an outdoor engineering workshop.
“TVA is committed to supporting STEM education to help shape today’s students into tomorrow’s engineers, scientists and IT professionals,” said Jeannette Mills, Executive Vice President and Chief External Relations Officer. of VAT. “It’s inspiring to be able to contribute to the next generation innovators.”
TVA and BVI have awarded nearly $2 million in STEM grants to support local education since 2018.
A full list of grant recipients and information on how to apply for future grants can be found here in line.