STEM grant awarded

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Inc. (a TVA retiree organization), recently awarded St. Clair Elementary School $2,500 for a STEM (science technology, engineering and math) education project.

The grant award is part of $580,000 in competitive STEM grants awarded to 161 schools across TVA’s seven state service territory.

“We are excited to begin to use the funds from TVA to purchase Stem resources for our students to create and build in our makerspace,” said Rachel Horton, school librarian.

Across the valley, educators submitted projects large and small, to further their stem education initiatives, in the classroom.

The project St. Clair Elementary submitted will create a makerspace in the library.

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 Crickmar, TVA Community Relations Program Manager. “We knew this program would be popular and competitive and now we are looking forward to seeing the impact these projects have.”

A full list of grant recipients can be found at

TVA 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 assist local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.