BVU Authority and TVA work together to support community-wide learning about energy efficiency, meet STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) objectives and provide opportunities to develop skills that can prepare students for careers in technical fields.
TVA STEM Grants
Teachers in public schools that receive power from a TVA distributor can win STEM grants up to $5,000. In 2022 alone, TVA distributed $1 million, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization, and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. TVA gives preference to applications covering its primary areas of focus–environment, energy, economic development, and community problem solving.
BVU Authority celebrates Saint Anne Catholic School for winning a $3,500 TVA STEM grant in 2021. “We extend our sincerest congratulations. When we empower teachers to do their best work, teachers benefit—and so do our students. We look forward to the continued success of this vital program,” Don L. Bowman, president & CEO of BVU Authority says.
He adds, “Communities excel because of a talented workforce. Connecting our local community with additional resources for STEM education programs is an investment in Southwest Virginia’s future. This grant program provides early opportunities for students to train in STEM fields. These future community leaders will develop creative, critical thinking skills that can open doors for great opportunities throughout school and beyond.”
TVA EnergyRight Educational Workshops
Eye Spy Energy Kids’ Workshop
TVA EnergyRight and BVU Authority partner to bring Spark, Bolt, Zap and their other EnergyRight Monster friends to elementary schools across the community, teaching students where energy comes from, how we use it and ways to save at home. Students can continue the energy-saving fun with their families using Eye Spy Energy Kits.
Energy Evolution High School Workshop
TVA EnergyRight and BVU Authority are working together to offer engaging, interactive workshops that empower high school students to reduce their environmental impact and lead the next wave of our planet’s energy evolution.