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Grants to South Dakota Teachers and Educators for Robotics Education Programs


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Daniel Swets Robotics Materials Award

NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #157317

Grant Description

Grants to South Dakota teachers and educators to advance robotics education. Funding is intended to support the formation of new robotics teams, promote the implementation of new programs, and encourage the expansion and improvement of classroom curriculum and programming.

The NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium offers the Daniel Swets Robotics Materials Award in memory of the unprecedented enthusiasm and vision that Dr. Dan Swets brought to the state of South Dakota in the field of robotics. Dr. Swets, founder of the South Dakota Robotics Association, saw the value of robotics in recruiting students into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at an early age. Not only does this help young people in science and engineering in general, but it also produces high-quality students that NASA is looking toward to help fulfill its mission. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This funding is open to South Dakota teachers/educators who either have: A) taken robotics training or plan to take robotics training and want to begin new robotics programs and teams, or B) have sustained robotics programs/curriculum in their classrooms or at their schools.

First-time applicants to this award and teachers/educators at schools or other educational organizations that currently don’t have robotics programs are encouraged to apply. Past winners and teachers/educators with existing robotics programs at their institutions are also eligible.

Computer and clothing purchases are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is January 5, 2023.

Non-federal cost-sharing (i.e., in-kind “matching funds") is not a requirement, but it is welcome if it can be provided.

It is expected that notifications will be issued by February 1, 2023, in time to formally announce the winners at the SD STEM Ed teachers conference in Huron, SD.

The robotics materials will be purchased directly by SDSGC and either delivered to or picked up by, the award recipient.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

For robotic materials with a cost estimate of up to $5,000 including shipping.

Contact Information:

Submit applications to Tom Durkin, Deputy Director, SDSGC at

Direct questions to Tom Durkin at the email address above or call 605-394-1975.

South Dakota Space Grant Consortium
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

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