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How one Memphis school is hoping to provide a fun ‘twist’ on learning with TVA grant money

“I think it’s a huge reward that we’ve earned because it can help learning and benefit the things that we do to learn more,” said fourth-grade student Cody Speight.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Wednesday, Gestalt community schools received $500,000 in grant money from TVA’s School Uplift program.

The money will provide energy efficient upgrades to schools.

A school that benefits from a grant is getting a learning option that teachers are excited about.

“As I entered teaching growing up, I saw many of my classmates struggle with the traditional learning environment,” said Heather Hicks, a fourth grade science teacher at Power Center Academy Elementary School. “You used to sit there and study, take notes, listen to a teacher, so I wanted to go into teaching, so that I could do it differently.”

Power Center Academy Elementary Gestalt Community School is part of the Public Charter Network.

“I think this is great because 35 percent of the energy used daily in residential areas and commercial areas is wasted. I think it is important to educate our scholars now, so that they can make better decisions for our future. and help save the resources and energy consumption that we do,” Hicks said.

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The Power Center Academy will get new lighting and HVAC upgrades.

$100,000 of the funds will go to elementary school for STEM projects and an alternative learning environment.

“The funds will be used for an outdoor orbit,” Hicks said.

This is a fun twist on learning.

“It is important for them to have a learning experience so they can capture the knowledge they are learning to make better decisions,” Hicks said.

“I think it’s a huge reward that we’ve earned because it can help learning and benefit the things that we do to learn more,” said fourth-grade student Cody Speight.

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“I like to go outside, but when it’s too hot, I can’t stand outside when it’s too hot,” Speight said.

Fortunately for Spite, the outer orbit is only part of the changes.

Elementary school will also get more materials and resources for STEM projects.

“I’ve been teaching STEM for two years. I love the engagement that comes from kids. They’re always excited to learn. With practical experiences, they really understand what I’m teaching and they Who are able to apply what I know and do better than I expected them to do,” Hicks said.

“If you understand technology, you can do a lot with it. In science, you get it. Science is a big part of mechanics. You can understand mechanics better,” Speight said. .

“STEM represents our future. It’s a future of infinite possibilities,” Hicks said.

They are powering the unconventional to fuel whatever is achievable.

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