Grant/Scholarship Opportunities

KISS Institute’s Botball Scholarship

Botball® is a program of the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics(KIPR), and KIPR actively recruits corporate sponsors in an effort to keep registration fees down and to provide financial assistance to potential Botball® teams. Scholarships are limited and depend on available sponsors. We do not guarantee that we will be able to offer scholarships in all regions where Botball® tournaments are held, nor do we guarantee that teams receiving scholarships in previous seasons will receive funds again or in the same amount.

 

In an effort to include as many schools as possible, it is our policy to give scholarships in small amounts to several schools rather then large amounts to few schools. In addition, new teams will typically receive priority.

We expect that teams will develop their own strategies for funding Botball and will apply for Botball® scholarships for no more then three consecutive years.

 

All scholarship awards are given in the form of a fee waiver.

Scholarships will be awarded in amounts no greater than $1,500 for returning teams and $2,000 for new teams. Awards will be based on competitive evaluation of applications.

2019-2020 OEC’s Junior Botball Challenge Funding
The KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (a nonprofit STEM-based educational organization) recently received funds through the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative to support “Junior Botball Challenge” (JBC) programs in their areas of service. 

The grant will provide to each school site:
  • JBC Robotics Kits ($500 each)
    – Kits include the robotics controller, building materials (LEGO and custom metal building pieces), electronics kit (various motors, servos, analog, and digital sensors), and 2 Vinyl Activity Mats. 
  • Professional Development workshops (one-day ~6 hrs) for participating teachers (ongoing throughout the year: introductory and intermediate)

Recipient Requirements:

  • Schools must serve within OEC’s territory (see the application for full list of areas).
  • Schools must put up the $75 program registration fee for the year, this fee covers access to all online program curriculum and resources as well as registration to any Challenge events for the 19-20 school year.  

2019-2020 KISS Institute’s Dell© Legacy of Good, Youth Learning Grant
The KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (a nonprofit STEM-based educational organization) recently received funds through the Dell© Legacy of Good Youth Learning Grant to implement their “Junior Botball Challenge” (JBC) programs. The program is best implemented at 2-8th grade levels, although we have some schools that implement the program K-8th. 

The grant will provide to each school site:
  • 6 JBC Robotics Kits ($500 each)
  • 6 Dell Chrome books ($559 each)
  • Professional Development workshops (one-day ~6 hrs) for participating teachers (ongoing throughout the year: introductory, intermediate and advanced workshops)
  • JBC annual registrations ($75 each) which includes access to online curriculum, resources, and challenge activities
  • Ongoing technical and instructional support
Pathfinders Winter Institute The Infosys Foundation USA is pleased to host a three-day immersive professional development opportunity in computer science (CS) and making in Providence, Rhode Island from February 16-20, 2020. All K-12 US public school teachers are welcome to apply. Teachers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to teachers from high-needs schools and under-represented communities, those new to teaching CS and making, and districts demonstrating significant commitment to these subjects. 

Choose “Junior Botball Challenge” as the program course in your application.

 

The Pathfinders Winter Institute has been designed to make it possible for teachers to receive high quality professional development at no cost to you. The cost for all courses except for Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals and CS Awesome is $2,341. Infosys Foundation USA will cover majority of the funding and the balance is expected to be raised by teacher applicants one of two ways:

 

  • Secure school, district, PTA funds
    A 70% grant from Infosys Foundation USA will cover the first $1,638.70 for US K-12 public school teachers and the remainder must be raised through school/district/PTA funding
  • Raise funds through DonorsChoose.org by creating a project
    You will receive a 3X match offer from Infosys Foundation USA tripling each donation you receive – that means a $100 donation becomes a $300 donation.

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