Pisgah High School was recently awarded a $5,000 grant for a STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) project. This came from the Tennessee Valley Authority in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization). The grant is part of $580,000 in competitive STEM grants awarded to 161 schools across TVA’s seven state service territory.
“I am so excited to receive this grant,” said Emily Smith, Pisgah High School science teacher. “This will help provide quality STEM learning centers in my science classroom. I am so grateful to TVA and Sand Mountain Electric for providing the means to deepen the education of area students in STEM education.”
Smith was among the educators from across the valley who submitted projects to further their STEM education initiatives in the classroom. The project for Pisgah High School will provide robotic opportunities in industry and environmental education.
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 which are environment, energy, economic and career development, and community problem solving. Schools that 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 Rachel 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.”