January 13, 2021
The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization, has announced the award of $800,000 in grants to educators in public schools to develop science, technology, engineering, and math education projects all across the Tennessee Valley. Potter Gray Elementary in the Bowling Green Independent School District is among the list of 140 recipients.
The competitive STEM classroom grant program, operated in partnership with Battelle, received more than 600 grant applications from across TVA’s seven state service territory.
“Despite the new challenges Valley teachers 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.”
Potter Gray Elementary received $5,000 and will utilize the funding to purchase iPads and technology software licenses for the school’s STEAM Lab. The additional equipment and software will allow more students to be involved for whole-class projects.
"Thousands of students across the Tennessee Valley will gain access to STEM education experiences through these grants," said Wes Hall, vice president for Philanthropy and Education at Battelle. "Thanks to TVA and BVI, these students will be better prepared to be the leaders that solve society's toughest problems." The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, managed by Battelle, led outreach to schools for the program.
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.
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities is the local power distributor for Potter Gray Elementary and Bowling Green Independent Schools.
Press release provided by Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and Battelle Education.