State Robotics INITIATIVE (SrI) Non Schools- Terms & Conditions

Interested applicants should review the following terms and conditions before applying. If the applicant has questions or concerns, please contact us at Please note, only one grant will be awarded per eligible 501 (c) 3 non-profit.

 1. Applicant must currently be employed at a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers programming to 1st-5th grade students.

 2. Organization does not already have an elementary VEX IQ Robotics team.

The objective of this grant is to make robotics education accessible to Indiana students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to compete on a team. 

3. Applicant will have the ability to assemble a robotics team of at least three 1st-5th grade students.

Typical team sizes range from 3-12 students. It can be beneficial for both Robotics Educator and students to start with smaller team numbers. A larger team (more than about 6-8 students) will likely require additional robot kits.

4. Applicant agrees to attend a 4 hour professional development training session if awarded the grant.

We are dedicated to ensuring your confidence with the robotics kit and PLTW activities. Required professional development workshops will be held at an Ivy Tech campus near your organization.

5. Applicant will teach at least one Project Lead The Way activity (provided) during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 school year.

At least two Project Lead The Way activities will be discussed during the required professional development training session. Awarded applicants will have two years to incorporate at least one PLTW with 1st - 5th grade students. This is one of the most important components to the grant; by exposing robotics to all students, and not just those on the robotics team, educators will help spark an interest for those students who did not think STEM was something they would be interested in.   

6. Applicant will coordinate team attendance to one VEX IQ robotics competition event.

Awarded applicants will be expected to attend one competition. Robotics Educators and their teams will have so much fun that they will likely want to compete as much as they can. Competition registration is $25 per event, per team. 

7. Applicant agrees to include TechPoint Foundation for Youth & major sponsor logos on any team t-shirts, websites, flyers, or other promotional material.

Most teams will make t-shirts, websites, promotional material and other SWAG - we just ask that you recognize TechPoint Foundation for Youth and other key sponsors. We will even give you stickers to put on your robot!

8. Applicant agrees to lead a VEX IQ robotics elementary team for two years (2017-18 and 2018-19 school year).

This grant is designed to provide educators the resources needed to begin a robotics program. Our hope is that this grant will get educators, students, and parents excited about robotics and STEM education, leading to the expansion of this type of programming at each participating organization. 

9. Applicant agrees to complete pre- and post-surveys as the Robotics Educator as well as ensure completion of surveys from students and any volunteer mentors.

We want to measure the impact of this grant. We will provide an easy to use, online based survey for each involved party to complete. Completion of these surveys will also help us improve our process.