Wow, how cool is high school, today? Back in the eighties when I was a student, technology in our school meant having access to a handful of crappy computers. But today students have some pretty awesome extracurricular options available. Students coast to coast can now compete in annual robotics competitions taking the lessons they learn in the classroom to a whole new level. And a number of grants support these robotics teams. If you are a teacher looking to form your own school robotics team or already have one that needs financial support, here are a few great sources to turn to for funding.
This Idaho based non-profit organization provides financial support to educators employing STEM strategies inside their schools. The grants they offer support robotics and STEM competition teams located in the Pacific Northwest. They consider sponsorship of area teams with a simple application process and no annual deadline. If you are located in their area, visit the link above to complete the funding application or for more information call 855-445-3942.
FIRST Robotics Competition
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology or FIRST was founded in 1989 and has grown into a huge non-profit competition for students of all ages across the United States. This year’s competition expects almost 3,000 teams made up of well over 70,000 high school students. Around half of the teams that apply for a grant through FIRST receive some sort of funding each year and all teams are highly encouraged to apply. Funding can be used for competition registration, robotics supplies and other team expenses. For more information about FIRST grants, visit their website or email email@example.com.
The Lemelson-MIT Program provides annual grants of up to $10,000 each to students working on STEM projects and interesting inventions. The program began offering funding in 2002 and has supported almost 100 InvenTeams already. Students across the country are invited to apply with winners selected to attend MIT’s annual EurekaFest in June of each year. If you are a teacher working with students in your school on STEM-based projects, check out the website for more information on how to apply.
National Instruments FIRST Robotics Grants
National Instruments provides funding for several FIRST competition level teams each year. Teams can receive $500 to $4,000 grants depending on which competition they are involved with. Teams involved with or mentored by NI employees or located near a NI facility are given some preference for funding. The annual deadline for application is November 1.
Category: Education Grants