Reviewing teacher's applications is giving us a lot of insight into just how impactful this grant will be for Indiana students. Here is small sample of some of the proposals that were especially moving.
“I believe robotics is currently an essential component of our society, and early exposure to these ideas will foster students’ inquiry and interest.”...“Not only will a robotics team increase student inquiry and collaboration at our school, but it will also promote student confidence and create a collective student body across grade levels.” -4th Grade Teacher, Lancaster Central Elementary School, Bluffton, IN
“I am applying for this grant in honor of my students who struggle with social and emotional skills and often feel like they don't belong. A robotics team would give them the opportunity to be leaders and to build executive functioning skills. These skills cannot be taught from a textbook. This grant would reach their learning on a deeper level and truly foster life-long results.” - Adaptive and Behavior Support Resource Teacher, Promise Road Elementary, Noblesville, IN
“Our students would benefit on so many levels: working with others from different backgrounds toward a common goal, boosting their self-esteem, feeling of satisfaction exploring an area of interest, and pride in representing our school in competitions, feeling connected to something when they may not feel this at home.” -5th Grade Teacher, Timothy Ball Elementary School, Crown Point, IN
“This would be a fun hands on experience for my students because we are a poverty stricken community. It would be something they will never forget. It may be the highlight of their lives, or better yet, open the door for them to want to study robotics further.” -5th Grade Teacher, Austin Upper Elementary School, Austin, IN