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Getting funding for technology in the classroom

Posted By KinderLab Robotics On April 17, 2015 in Blog

Technology and innovation is increasingly important in education. Our world is increasingly immersed in, and controlled by technology, and children need to understand what it is and how it works – and there are significant benefits to them doing so at a young age.

Despite the immense need and opportunity, the curriculum is slow to change. We work with teachers and educators that have gained funding for tech in their classrooms in order to introduce KIBO, but knowing there are so many more educators that want to secure funding, we wanted to share some of the insights into successes of our education partners.

There are a number of different ways to raise funds, including:

  • National support: Foundations such as the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and local foundations, offer programs to support STEM in the classroom – just so long as there is a research component associated to it.
  • State and district support: Explore your local state and district various for grants for STEM related programs. These differ from place to place, but are often available.
  • School support: You’re likely familiar with the traditional budget protocol within your school system, but take the time to dig deeper. Many school systems have different avenues for internally funding innovative programs through educational foundations, special grants and dedicated budgets.
  • PTA fundraising: Approach your school’s Parent-Teacher Association – they might be willing to organize a fundraising event for your cause.
  • Corporations: High tech companies are interested in supporting STEM programs as they want to cultivate their future workforce. Many companies have associated foundations or a corporate giving program you could approach for funding.

We’re passionate about bringing STEAM education to students of all ages and ensure educators have the right tools to do so. If you’d like to take the first step towards getting KIBO in your classrooms, get in touch today – we’re happy to help.

Got any advice to fellow educators or teachers on how to best secure funds?  Please share them with our community!