New Albany Middle School is excited to announce a recently awarded grant of $5,000 by the Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated for a STEM (science, technology, education and math) education project.

“The Imagine STEAM Lab will be an innovative, state-of-the art modern lab that encourages a hands-on approach to learning while preparing students for jobs of the future,” said Paul Henry, Principal of New Albany Middle School. “We are appreciative of receiving this grant funding from TVA which will specifically be used to create a Health Care station in the STEAM Lab.”

The grant award is a part of $600,000 in competitive STEM grants awarded to 142 schools across TVA’s service territory. 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.

“This is the second year we offered this program to the entire Valley and we saw a major increase in grant applications this year,” said Community Engagement Senior Program Manager Rachel Crickmar. “There is a demand in the Valley for workforce development through STEM education and I am proud of the way TVA and our retirees are responding to that demand by supporting teachers in the classroom.”

For additional information about the TVA STEM grants and see a full list of recipients visit