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Students Demonstrate their Robotic Skills

May 10, 2012

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. About 150 students from 12 schools in Hamilton County participated in TVA's fourth annual Robotics Showcase on Tuesday, May 8, part of TVA's Partners in Education program.

The event featured teams in elementary school through high school showcasing robots designed and built by the students and programmed to perform specific tasks. Each team was judged by TVA staff that based their review on the overall presentation and the performance of the robot. Teams were provided feedback that helps each school in preparation for future league competitions in which they participate.

"TVA provides mentors and funding for the robotics program throughout the year," said Charley Spencer, TVA Partners in Education coordinator. "It’s rewarding to see these kids work so hard to build, program and run these robots and take away the science and technology concepts that will serve them later in life."

Teams from the following schools participated: Battle Academy, Brown International Academy, Calvin Donaldson, Dupont Elementary, East Lake Academy, Falling Water, Lookout Valley Elementary, Nolan Elementary, Soddy Daisy and Signal Mountain High Schools, Orchard Knob and Thrasher. Each student participating received a medal and was treated to a pizza lunch to celebrate.

TVA’s Partners in Education program is designed to strengthen the bonds between TVA and schools in the Tennessee Valley. The aim is to contribute to the academic and personal growth of students by sharing ideas and resources, helping them gain the knowledge and skills they need to meet the challenges of the future. TVA employees assist with activities and field trips and provide materials and learning for projects related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). TVA has 100 schools in the Partners in Education program across the seven-state region.

Photos of the event have been shared on TVA’s Facebook page at

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.

Media Contacts

Barbara Martocci, Knoxville, (865) 632-8632
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000


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