OXFORD, Miss. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority, working in
partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree
organization, is awarding more than $55,000 in grants to educators in
Mississippi public schools to help develop science, technology,
engineering, and math education projects.
The competitive STEM classroom grant program, operated in partnership
with Battelle Education, received more than 290 grant requests from
across TVA’s seven-state service territory.
“This is the second year we offered this program to the entire Valley
and we saw a major increase in grant applications this year,” said
Rachel Crickmar with TVA’s Community Engagement program. “There is a
demand in the Valley for workforce development through STEM education
and I am proud of the way TVA and our retirees are responding to that
The grant program provides teachers at schools served by a TVA
partner local power company an opportunity to apply for funding up to
$5,000. Preference was given to grant applications that explored TVA’s
primary areas of focus: environment, energy, economic and career
development and community problem solving.
“We must invest in training Mississippians to equip them with the
skills necessary for open jobs. And these jobs are changing,” said
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves. “The jobs that paid well 50 years ago,
are not the jobs of today, and skilled trades are soaring. I applaud
TVA for preparing the next generation of Mississippi workers for the
jobs of the future.”
The Mississippi schools and projects awarded 2020 TVA STEM grants are:
- Alcorn Central High School (Corinth, Miss.): Students will use 3D print essential items for various projects across the course of the semester.
- Weir Elementary School (Weir, Miss): Funds provide a start-up program for educators to share reusable STEM resources across the school.
- Itawamba Career and Technical Center (Fulton, Miss): Students will gain hands-on experience in the Automotive Service, Collision Repair, Construction, Health Science and Welding.
- Itawamba Agricultural High School (Fulton, Mississippi): Educators will incorporate 3D printing design projects into high school curriculum.
- Fairview Attendance Center (Golden, Miss): Third
through eighth grade students will use camcorders and laptops for
recording, editing footage and creating digital projects.
- Lafayette High School (Oxford, Miss): Students will
use starter kits including resistors and controller boards to
communicate electrical principals in multiple formats.
- Shannon Middle School (Shannon, Miss): Funds will be used to expand First Tech Robotics Team to lower grades in the school district.
- Tupelo Career-Technical Center (Tupelo, Miss): Educators will conduct 4-day camp for fifth through eighth grade students to explore STEM pathways.
- Milam Elementary School (Tupelo, Miss): Educators
will use Little Bits coding tools to challenge students’ electronic
engineering design thinking using math, science, computer technology,
circuitry and coding.
- Columbus Municipal School District (Columbus, Miss):
Funds will be used for computer science curriculum across the school
district, including computing systems, networks and internet.
- Aberdeen Elementary School (Aberdeen, Miss):
Educators will create a “Makerspace” in the schools to provide hands-on
ways to encourage students to design, build, explore and investigate.
- Neshoba Central Middle School (Philadelphia, Miss): Students will use drone technology as they learn about STEM pathways.
- New Albany Middle School (New Albany, Miss): The
IMAGINE STEM lab will provide students the opportunity to explore
stations related to Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare and Logistics.
- Nanih Waiya Attendance Center (Louisville, Miss): Students will use Raspberry Pi, a low cost, hand-sized computer to program and code.
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.