The Oklahoma State Department of Education and the University of Oklahoma, in partnership with Botball, announced Friday that it will provide grants of up to $2,200 per school to facilitate recent start-up and existing middle and high school Botball teams.
The Botball Educational Robotics Program gives students skills, experience, and opportunities to succeed as they work in teams to design, build and program a pair of autonomous robots for regional and international competitions.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer schools grants for their Botball programs,” State Superintendent Janet Barresi said. “This program reinforces many different aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, which will be so necessary for our future graduates as they seek jobs in an ever-increasing technical work world.”
All Oklahoma public schools, including public charter schools, are eligible to apply for the grants, which may be used to create or maintain Botball Educational Robotics Programs. The University of Oklahoma has also given $10,000 to Botball, with $5,000 of it being used to fund these grants; the remaining $5,000 will support the Botball Global Conference held in the summer.
The number of grants awarded will depend upon the number and type of applications received. Applicants are eligible to apply for grants in the following amounts:
Successful applications will address:
Interested applicants should fill out a grant application and return it to the Oklahoma State Department of Education no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 7, 2012. All applications must be submitted electronically via this website: http://kipr.org/ok-botball-grant-application.
For questions regarding the grants, contact: Jeff Downs, Executive Director of STEM, 405.521.2107, Jeff.Downs@sde.ok.gov; or Tiffany.Neill@sde.ok.gov. Also, visit our Botball page on the OSDE website.
For more information or assistance regarding the Botball program, contact: Steve Goodgame, Executive Director KISS Institute, 405.579.4609, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Marci Corey, Program Manager, 405.579.4609, email@example.com; or visit the Botball registration website, the Botball website; the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics website; or the Global Conference on Educational Robotics website.