MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. — Northwest Alabama BEST (Boosting Engineering Science & Technology) Robotics received a $15,000 donation last week from the Muscle Shoals Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Retirees for the upcoming 2023 season.

BEST Robotics Donation from Muscle Shoals TVA Retirees
 Pictured left to right: Stephanie Newland, VP of Workforce Initiatives at the Shoals Chamber of Commerce; Trent Allen, Co-Hub Director for NW AL BEST & Design Engineering Instructor at NWSCC, Kim Sheppard, Co-Hub Director for NW AL BEST & Mathematics Instructor at NWSCC, Joan Marsh, Treasurer of Muscle Shoals TVA Retirees, and John Blackwell, Board Member of Muscle Shoals TVA Retirees

According to Kim Sheppard, Northwest-Shoals Math Instructor and Co-Hub Director for Northwest Alabama BEST Robotics, the donation will help tremendously as they prepare for the 2023 season. “We are so appreciative of the Muscle Shoals TVA Retirees and their faith in us to help train and prepare middle and high school students for careers in STEM related fields,” said Sheppard. “We survey our participating students and approximately 95% of them say BEST Robotics has caused their interest in STEM careers to increase.”

Northwest Alabama BEST Robotics is made possible by a partnership between Northwest Shoals Community College and the Shoals Chamber of Commerce. Students can participate in BEST Robotics for FREE. There are no robot materials or registration charges.

Northwest Alabama BEST Robotics are now registering teams from area middle and high schools. Teachers are encouraged to register their teams early to participate in summer training opportunities. Register at

For more information on Northwest Alabama BEST Robotics, please call Kim Sheppard at 256-331-5331 or email


About Northwest Shoals Community College:
Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to over 4,000 students. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities that promote economic growth and enrich the quality of life for the people it serves. For more information about the NWSCC, visit