Several local schools have been awarded STEMready grants by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The competitive STEM classroom grant program is operated in partnership with the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network managed by the Battelle organization. According to the TVA, the program received 715 grant applications this year and 343 were selected to receive funding.
Some of those awarded locally include the Gateway Academy to Innovation and Technology in Christian County Public Schools, Todd County Central High School, Todd County Middle School, Calloway County Middle School, South Marshall Elementary and Graves County Central Elementary Schools.
Grants up to $5,000 were awarded in a competitive process, and preference was given to grant applications that explored TVA’s primary areas of focus environment, energy, economic development, and community problem-solving. Any school that receives their power from a local power company served by TVA was eligible to apply.
Since 2018, the TVA and Bicentennial Volunteers Inc. has provided nearly $6.5 million in STEM grants supporting over 600,000 students.