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Robotics League Participation Grants

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Requirements for Eligible Applicants

Eligible teams of pupils in grades 6-12 from school districts or charter schools established under section 118.40(2r) and (2x), private schools and home-based private education programs may submit one application per eligible team.

Eligible Teams

All team members must be in grades 6-12 during the grant year.

Robotics Competition

Eligible team participates in one or more competitions that require teams to design and operate robots. The competition(s) shall be sponsored by a nonprofit corporation as described under s. 501 (c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service. The competition organization encourages young people to develop an interest in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics.

Mentor

Each eligible team shall have at least one mentor.

Allowable Expenses

Required fees, required kits, and required supplies to participate in a single robotics competition; travel expenses to robotics competition for eligible team members; and a stipend for the mentor of an eligible team.

Matching Expenses

Each applicant shall secure matching funds in an amount equal to amount requested in application by the time the application is submitted. 

Funding Availability

There is a maximum award of $5,000. If the requests from applications approved exceed the amount of funding, the department will prorate the amount it awards to each applicant. The Department of Public Instruction cannot award more than $5,000 to an eligible team in a school year.

Grant Period

Grants shall be for the period of November 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. All applications must demonstrate an equal amount of matching funds. 

Step 1: Submit Online

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  • All applications were to be electronically submitted by 11:59 pm on October 15, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • The electronic submission webpage will display a confirmation page when your application has been received.

Application Due Date

Electronically submitted applications were to be received by 11:59 pm on October 15, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: Print and Mail

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  • The online form will instruct you to print specific pages of your application.
  • A printed copy of your submission must be signed by the School District Principal, Private School Administrator, Charter School Principal,
    Home-based School Administrator, or Other Administrator and mailed to:

WI Department of Public Instruction
Attn: Cassandra Fabian
PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841

Step 3: Contest Participation

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  • Eligible team participates in one or more competitions that require teams to design and operate robots.
  • The competition(s) shall be sponsored by a qualifying 501 (c)3 nonprofit corporation.

Allowable Expenses 

All expenses shall be during the period of November 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. Required fees, required kits, and required supplies to participate in a single robotics competition; travel expenses to robotics competition for eligible team members; and a stipend for the mentor of an eligible team.

Step 4: Expense Reporting

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  • After eligible robotics team has competed, complete the Post-Conference Expense Reporting (PI-2774) form.
  • Submit with receipts. If a school district, a printout of the general ledger will be sufficient.
  • A printed copy of your submission must be signed by the School District Principal, Private School Administrator, Charter School Principal,
    Home-based School Administrator, or Other Administrator and mailed to:

WI Department of Public Instruction
Attn: Cassandra Fabian
PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841


robotics@dpi.wi.gov

About the Grant

With the recent signing of the biennial budget on July 3, 2019 we are pleased to announce continued funding for participation in robotics competitions. Under this appropriation, grant awards will be available of up to $5,000 to public schools, 2R and 2X charter schools, private schools and home-based educational programs to facilitate participation in robotics competitions. Effective August 2, 2018, eligible teams include students in grades 6 through 12 and have at least one mentor. Allowable expense will include fees, kits, supplies required to participate in a single robotics competition, travel expenses, and a stipend for the mentor of an eligible team. Read the statute in full here.

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For questions about this information, contact Brent Kindred (608) 266-2683