The KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (a nonprofit STEM-based educational organization) recently received funds through the Dell© Legacy of Good Youth Learning Grant to implement their “Junior Botball Challenge” (JBC) programs.
The KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit STEM education organization, incorporated in 1994 and headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma. It was founded with the vision to create a center for using autonomous robotics-based technology to provide STEM education programs that include providing professional development for teachers and mentors while engaging students in collaborative, rigorous, goal-directed STEM activities that highlight academic and career pathways within STEM disciplines. Main programs include Botball (middle and high school aged students), Botball Challenge, the Junior Botball Challenge program and the Global Conference on Educational Robotics.
The Junior Botball Challenge (JBC) program, which is currently being implemented in over 1500 schools provides equipment, software, standards (Math, Science and ISTE technology) aligned curriculum and professional development to educators to enable them to teach their students to write computer code coupled with real-life applications of the engineering design process. The curriculum is aligned to Common Core math, Next Generation Science and ISTE technology standards and vertically aligned to concepts and skills in middle and high school. The inquiry-based program focuses on discrete programming skills and engineering design concepts designed to improve computational thinking skills and promote mastery. The program was recognized by President Obama at the white house for commitments to CS For All.
The Grant is available in areas of near Nashville, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Rural NM, Round Rock /Austin, Texas areas.
The grant will provide to each school site:
6 JBC Robotics Kits ($500 each)
6 Dell Chrome books ($559 each)
Professional Development workshops (one-day ~6 hrs) for participating teachers (ongoing throughout the year)
introductory, intermediate and advanced workshops
JBC annual registrations ($75 each) which includes;
Provides access to online curriculum, resources, and challenge activities
Ongoing technical and instructional support
Recipients must be Title 1 schools.
Administration and Schools must agree to the following:
Provide leave time and a substitute (if needed) for the participating educators to attend two of the professional development workshop(s), and Challenge Days (unless on a Saturday).
Transportation needs to be provided to a Challenge Day for students, if needed.
Schools need to implement the program such that a minimum of 30 students are directly impacted (in class implementation is preferred).
Educators and students need to attend two Junior Botball Challenge events (one in the Spring 2020 and one in the Fall 2020).
Educators and students need to take pre and post participation surveys.
Participants must have signed Photo Releases for any media or Dell promotional materials
Schools need to post on social media once a week about your program(s). Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram are all appropriate. This could just be a picture of an activity students are working on or anything you’d like. Please tag us (#botball, @botballrobotics) in posts.
The program will end on Dec. 31 of 2020 at which time the equipment (computers and robots) will become the property of the participating schools if the school attended two challenge days, tags KIPR at least once a month (botball on social media) and workshops (2) .