Over $500K in robotics grants going to 101 schools

December 10, 2019 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Grants from a robotics education fund have been awarded to 101 New Hampshire schools so far up from 57 last year, the state Department of Education said Tuesday.

The grants totaling $522,000 fund the purchase of robotics kits, stipends for coaches, and competition expenses. Schools can still apply.

The purpose of the program is to motivate students to pursue educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, while building critical life and work-related skills.

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said robotics tournaments combine teambuilding, problem solving, and hands-on high-tech experience. “Funding is still available, and I would encourage any eligible school with a robotics team, or starting one, to apply,” he said.

To be eligible, students must attend public, traditional or charter schools; the school must develop a two-year itemized budget for the robotics program; the school must establish a partnership with, or have a valid letter of commitment from, at least one sponsor, such as a business entity or institution of higher education; and the school must participate in at least one competitive event each year.

Grants will support robotics teams for the next two years.