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Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt lets you use each section of the TVA Kids Site as a learning module. Students access a list of questions on a particular section of the site. The questions in the following sets (for grades 4 through 8) link to the particular pages in each section where the answers can be found.

What Is TVA?

Your Environment

Making Electricity

Running the River

photo of students sitting at computersWhat Is TVA?

How many people use TVA power?
In 1930, how many Americans living on farms had electricity?
Who developed the Cherokee alphabet?
Why did the U.S. government set up TVA?
Who was Senator George Norris?
What is a power co-op?
What was the New Deal?
How many tax dollars go to run the TVA power system each year?
How long is the Tennessee River?
What is an economic development loan?

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Your Environment

What is solar energy?
What is the Clean Boating Campaign?
What is a watershed?
What’s the difference between a reservoir and a lake?
How much money has TVA spent to reduce air pollution at its coal-burning power plants?
Where is the Copper Basin? What did TVA do there to help the environment?
How much of the water we use is flushed down the toilet or washed down the shower or bathtub drain?
What does “biodegradable” mean?
What is the Natural Heritage Project?
What is a selective catalytic reduction system used for?
How many acres of land has TVA set aside to preserve wildlife habitats?

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Making Electricity

What is “renewable” energy?
What fuel does a nuclear power plant use?
How can planting trees in your yard change how much energy your family uses?
What did Ben Franklin prove by flying a kite in a thunderstorm?
Why should you fly a kite on sunny days rather than stormy days?
What does a step-down transformer do?
What is the leading source of renewable energy in the United States?
If TVA’s power lines were strung from coast to coast, how many times would they cross the United States?
How much can your family save on its heating bill by turning the thermostat down one degree?
What is a combustion turbine?

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Running the River

How many dams does TVA use for reducing flood damage?
In the 1996 Olympics athletes from all over the world came to the Tennessee Valley to compete on this river. What was the Olympic event, and what was the river?
How many semi-trucks does it take to carry as much as one river barge?
In what way does the Tennessee River system work like a staircase?
Name three ways the Tennessee River system benefits the public.
What do TVA Watershed Teams do?
What does TVA do each year to prepare for the heavy rains of winter in the Tennessee Valley?
How does shipping goods on the Tennessee River help keep old tires out of landfills?
How many acres of water do TVA reservoirs provide for water fun?
How much flood damage do TVA reservoirs prevent each year?

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