The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with
Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization), recently awarded
Campbell County High School, $5,000 for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and
math) education project.
The grant award is a part of $580,000 in competitive STEM grants awarded to 161
schools across TVA's seven-state service territory.
CTE Director Robbie Heatherly, said, “The grant will enable us to expand our
technology in our STEM program. We will match new 3D printers with new computers to
better meet marketplace demands and give our students the full range of technology that
will be used in the workplace.”
Across the valley, educators submitted projects large and small, to further their
STEM education initiatives in the classroom. The project Dr. Dwayne Lee submitted will The CCHS STEM project will allow students to create prototype engine cylinder head designs. The TVA grant will allow
student-designed cylinder heads to be 3D-printed full-size then ran on the real
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.
“The goal of the program was to help further STEM education across the valley”, said
Rachel Crickmar, TVA Community Relations Program Whnager. “We knew this program
would be popular and competitive and now we're are looking forward to seeing the impact
these projects have.”
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.