Robotics Grant application now Open!

Apply for Robot Grant

Up to 400 robot grants are available to qualifying Indiana elementary schools.
Read more about the robot grant on our About the State Robotics Initiative page. 

Grant Includes

Please note, only one grant will be awarded per eligible elementary school.


Expectations & Eligibility

Who can apply?

Indiana elementary teacher (grades 1st - 5th) whose school does not already have a VEX IQ robotics team.

We encourage any 1st - 5th grade teacher to apply regardless of their robotics knowledge or content background. Robotics professional development will be available to all awarded educators and will include training and information on VEX IQ robotics kits, competition logistics, expectations for robotics educators and how educators can integrate Project Lead the Way activities into the classroom with the new robotics kit.

Recipients of the grant will be expected to assemble a robotics team at their school and attend at least one robotics competition.

Please note our timeline below for both the grant and VEX IQ Robotics season:


What questions will be asked on the grant?

You can view questions asked and prepare for the application by reviewing:


Selection Criteria

We anticipate a large number of applications and will use the following criteria to prioritize applicants:

  1. Elementary school does not have an existing elementary VEX IQ robotics team
  2. Only one grant will be awarded per school with priority going to the application with the most compelling responses to the Proposal Summary questions in the grant application

Grant Instructions

  1. Review FAQTerms and Conditions, and Proposal Summary of the Grant Application.
  2. Appoint individuals to the following roles:

Robotics Educator - This is the elementary teacher who will be responsible for meeting all grant requirements and assuring the success of the robotics team and the program as a whole.

This individual will: 

  • click on the "Grant Application" button below and apply for the grant
  • will be the main contact at their school throughout the season
  • be the robotics coach or provide support to an appointed STEM mentor volunteer coach
  • will attend free professional development training session to learn how to use robotics kit, how to become a robotics coach, and learn about PLTW classroom activities 
  • will implement at PLTW activity into the classroom

School Administrator Contact - This is a principal, vice principal, or counselor who will be a backup contact throughout the grant process.

STEM Mentor (optional but suggested) - This is a STEM professional volunteer who can either act as the head coach or assistant to the robotics educator. 

3. Obtain approval from your school principal or leader before you apply for the State Robotics Grant.

This grant is intended for Elementary Schools. If you are a non-school please apply for the Non-School Robotics Grant Application.