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Boys & Girls Club opens new STEM center

March 26, 2024

ONEIDA  |  Youth and teens at the Boys & Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau in Scott County will now have access to modern, state-of-the-art curriculum and tools for education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

The new addition is the result of a $1.1 million partnership between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. It is one of 27 new STEM centers created in TVA’s service area.

“Finding ways to get out into rural areas and connect with these counties to make sure every part of the valley has access to STEM education is important,” said Bryan Johnson, TVA community relations specialist. “To use this partnership has really helped us make sure that we can reach a lot of underserved areas.”

The BGC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Cal Ripken Sr. STEM Center on Monday (March 25). Along with representatives from TVA, representatives for U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn attended the event.

“Boys & Girls Club is about providing hope and opportunity for kids, and this new STEM center will open more doors for the youth and teens we serve,” said Justin Sharpe, BGC CEO. “We hope to ignite a passion for STEM-related fields and to prepare our kids for the future through this program. Developing the next scientists, engineers and educators is vital to the future and success of our community.”

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation STEM Center is available to all BGC members. Parents who are interested in their children participating in that and other programs and activities at the club can call (423) 286-9500 to inquire about membership.

Last modified: March 26, 2024

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