How to get funding for bringing KIBO into your school or center?
There are different ways to get funding for initiating a KIBO robotics program in your school or center. Here are some resources that teachers and parents have used in the past:
- National support: Foundations such as the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and local foundations, offer programs to support STEM in the classroom as long as there is a research component associated to it.
- State and District support: Different states and districts have their own mechanisms for getting funding for STEM related programs in the form of grants.
- School support: Different school systems have different mechanisms for internally funding innovative programs, through educational foundations, special grants and dedicated budgets.
- PTA fundraising: Each school has a local parent association that might be willing to organize a fundraising event to buy KIBO kits.
- Corporations: High tech companies are interested in supporting STEM programs as their want to cultivate their future workforce. Many of those have associated foundations or a corporate giving program.
Most of the time, organizations that give grants, will ask you for an executive summary about the benefits of introducing robotics, most specifically, KIBO, in early childhood education. Click here for a document that can be helpful (.pdf). Feel free to adapt to your own needs.