WCMS receives $5,000 STEM grant from TVA

Money will be used to purchase microscopes for use in the science classrooms

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 Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Caney Fork Electric and Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, recently awarded White County Middle School $5,000 for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education project.

“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,” TVA’s Community Engagement Senior Program Manager Rachel Crickmar said.  “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. Through the grants awarded this year, over 72,000 students will be directly impacted across the Valley.”

According to TVA, the grant award is part of $800,000 in competitive STEM grants awarded to nearly 200 schools across their seven-state service territory.

To apply for the grant, educators submitted projects designed to further their STEM education initiatives in the classroom. 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 as well as pandemic related projects.

White County Middle School’s project, put together by Sara Halliburton who is a seventh grade science teacher, will purchase microscopes for use in the science classrooms allowing students early access to science technology.

“We are so thankful that TVA has given back to our community” Halliburton said. “Being able to provide a high-quality education in STEM is crucial to increasing student interest and potential candidates for that career field.”

 To be eligible to receive the grant funding, the awarded schools must receive their power from a TVA distributor. A full list of the grant recipients can be found at www.tvastem.com.    

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