TVA Provides Support, Speaker for Insight STEM Camp

Boone Dam Geotechnical Engineer Veronica Barredo paid a visit to about 30 middle school students at the INSIGHT Summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Camp in Johnson City last month. Barredo shared her personal story of growing up the daughter of working class parents in Mexico. She moved to the United States at age 10 without speaking a word of English. She saw Math as a “common language” that was universal.

Her love of Math took her to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston where she was one of only two female engineering graduates in her class of 500. “If you persevere and get an education, you can accomplish almost anything,” said Barredo. Insight Board Member Adam Dickson said the STEM Summer camp, which TVA helps fund, exposes children from low income and vulnerable backgrounds to math and science in a fun setting.