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Daniel Swets Robotics Materials Award

Grants to South Dakota Teachers and
Educators for Robotics Education Programs

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NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC)

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Grants of up to $9,000 to South Dakota teachers and educators to promote robotics education. Funding may be requested to support both new and existing robotics programs. Preference will be given to new programs, as well as programs targeting middle school grade levels.

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. He strove to provide those opportunities for students throughout their educational career.

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. Dr. Swets served on the Management Team of the SD Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) for 15 years. SDSGC provides this annual award to a South Dakota teacher or educator of robotics who will carry on these traditions in memory of Dr. Swets and the three other gentlemen who tragically lost their lives in an airplane crash on December 9, 2011; Mr. Kevin Anderson, Mr. Joshua Lambrecht, and pilot Mr. Brian Blake, while on their way from Sioux Falls to Rapid City, SD to assist with a robotics program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 157317

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award provides up to $9,000 in award funding from SDSGC.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This funding is open to South Dakota teachers/educators of U.S. citizenship 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 that are in need of additional support due to growth in the number of student participants or aging robotics material.

Please be aware that preference will be given to: 1) applications that would start new robotics programs and teams (e.g., at a school that didn’t have one before), as opposed to augmenting existing robotics programs, 2) robotics programs at the Middle School level, and 3) applications from teachers/educators who have not won any prior robotics or other teacher awards provided by SD Space Grant in the past 13 years.

Computer purchases are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is January 10, 2019.

The award winner(s) will be announced at the February 7-9, 2019 joint conference of the South Dakota Science and Math Teachers in Huron, SD.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application form must be emailed to:
Tom Durkin, Deputy Director, SDSGC

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USA: South Dakota