Pictured L to R: TVA specialist Josh Tubbs, North Principal Melinda Hendley, North Media Specialist Laken Falwell, West Kentucky Rural Electric representatives Corey Belcher and Georgann Lookofsky
North Calloway Elementary School has been awarded a grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers, Inc., a TVA retiree organization, 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.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity to put engaging STEM materials into the hands of our students," said North Elementary Media Specialist Laken Falwell. "Using the various technology, robots, and learning materials is just one way we are striving to build and grow students who are working toward creating bright futures for themselves. These funds will allow students to further investigate different career paths and fields that they might not have been introduced to without such funding. Thank you, TVA, for helping make the futures of our students even brighter!”
Schools who are awarded grants must receive their power from a local power company served by TVA. North Calloway Elementary is served by West Kentucky Rural Electric.
The money will be used to purchase materials that will allow for students to further build the school's literacy lessons that connect each week with different themes and concepts. These STEM tools will provide an opportunity for students to use a variety of materials such as robots, architectural design blocks, coding materials, etc. to design and construct projects that tie in with the weekly literacy concepts, lessons, and weekly STEM challenges.
“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.