Here is what several schools are going to do with their TVA STEM grants

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tennessee (WDEF) – The TVA, EPB and Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated are giving money back to the schools.

They have aswarded $36,000 in STEM grants to 11 schools in the Chattanooga area.

“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.”

CSAS won $5,000 which they will use for design projects.

“Our students will redesign a current space for underserved families so it is more equitable, accessible, and efficient,” said Jennifer Mitchell, CSAS teacher.  “Students will complete sketches and a 3D model of the design while learning about architecture, construction and engineering and how STEM has an impact on a community.”

East Hamilton Middle will use their $5,000 for a podcast lab.

“The Pod Squad hopes to create a new niche for students and to develop and expand our program to reach all students by utilizing the knowledge and equipment for classroom activities in the future,” said Melissa Colvin, East Hamilton Middle teacher.  “We hope to offer a new opportunity for students to utilize technology to make their voices heard that will also benefit them in high school and their chosen college and career paths.”

Soddy Daisy Middle will spend their money to teach students to code and fly drones.

“The students will learn about careers that involve drones, have a visit from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office about how drones are used in police work, have a visit from a former Air Force drone pilot and will practice coding skills to fly drones,” said Rhonda Taylor, Soddy Daisy Middle VW eLab Specialist.

The grant for Westview Elementary will go towards buying 3D printers.

“Our younger students have a hard time remembering their lunch numbers.  So we’re going to create student ID bracelets with the 3D printers,” said Jennifer Turner, Westview Elementary teacher.  “The goal is to help the lunch lines move more quickly which will give the students more time to eat as well as make our lunchtime more efficient for both students and educators alike.”

The other awards this year include:

Lakeview Middle won a $5,000 grant to buy a laser cutter and a 3D resin printer.
Ridgeland High won a $3,500 grant for their Robotics team which has qualified for the world championship in Dallas in May.
STEM School Chattanooga won a $3,500 grant for their chemistry lab.
Lookout Valley Elementary won a $2,500 grant to buy 3D printers.
Tyner Academy won a $2,500 grant to start a “Girls who Code” chapter.
Hamilton County Schools won a $2,500 grant to help teach students science through a cooking class with a mobile kitchen.
Hamilton County Schools also won a $1,500 grant to create Fast Forward Career Kits to help teach 3rd-5th graders about skills taught at Hamilton County’s Future Ready Institutes so students will be ready to choose a middle/high school that focuses on an area of interest.


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