CCPS receives TVA STEM grant for robotics program

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A group of students, school and community leaders gathered together for the grant reception. Left to right are Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs, Cullman City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff, TVA STEM Grant Recipient and CCPS STEM Teacher Anna Anderson, TVA Representative Jori Chatman, Cullman Power Board CEO Allison Bright and Cullman City Primary School Principal and Head Start Director Elizabeth Shaddix. Students pictured are from Mrs. Moody's and Mrs. Long's kindergarten classes. (Cullman City Schools)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman City Primary School this week received a grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to support its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs. The grant will support a robotics program for young learners in Cullman City Schools.

The school received $3,500 from the TVA in the form of a grant to fund a program that provides kindergarten, first- and second-grade students with cross-curricular robotics activities that align with grade level Alabama Math and English Language Arts Standards.

As part of the program, students are provided with cross-curricular, grid-based activities to practice coding skills with the programmable learning robot BlueBot while reinforcing math and language arts concepts like addition, counting money and letter-sound identification. In addition to mastery of Math and ELA Standards, other learning outcomes include understanding and applying STEM vocabulary, basic coding skills and fostering a deeper understanding of problem-solving processes.

“My hope is that students’ proficiency in these areas will be evident and measurable in every classroom setting,” CCPS STEM and Math Intervention Teacher Anna Anderson said of the program.