TVA STEM Grant Award

The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization), recently awarded RIPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL, $5,000 for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education project

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

“With this grant our students will be able to put their coding lessons into practice on physical circuit boards,” said, Dr. Jenny Brandon, Tech Lab teacher at RMS. “They will program these boards to carry out the code written for student created apps. It is the perfect combination of classroom lessons in computer science with real world applications. The skills learned from this project have the potential to transfer student learning into job preparedness.”

Pictured are Lauderdale County Mayor Maurice Gaines, Ripley MIddle School Principal Cindy Anderson, Ripley MIddle School Tech Lab teacher Dr. Jenny Brandon, Marcey D. Wright, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Mike Allmand, Ripley Power and Light.