Alabama Middle and High School Robotics Program

Grant Award Status Update

10/19/2018- Final award recommendations have been forwarded to the State Superintendent of Education for final approval. Once the final signatures have been completed, an award letter will be mailed to the LEA Superintendent. We have also asked permission to notify recipients via email as soon as the recommended awardee list is approved. Please be patient as we had a tremendous number of applicants and each award letter must be routed through several departments before being approved by the State Superintendent. We are hopeful that we will be able to notify awardees next week.

Grant Application Process

Once you begin the online application, you will need to complete and submit the application in a single session. Please follow the steps in order to speed the process.

  1. Read the grant announcement memo

  2. Review the grant guidelines

  3. Review the Frequently Asked Questions below.

  4. Print the application form

  5. Secure all necessary signatures on the Application Cover Page and the Application Assurances Page.

  6. Scan the Application Cover Page and the Application Assurances Page

  7. Download the Grant Budget Template spreadsheet

  8. Prepare responses to all five narrative prompts; prepare to copy/paste into online application.

Do you have all of the above items complete and ready to attach to the online application?

Grant Timeline

  • Grant Announcement: July 1, 2018

  • Grant Application Submitted Online: August 31, 2018 at 5:00 PM

  • All grants Read and Scored by: September 17, 2018

  • Notification to Awardees by: October 1, 2018

  • Funds expended by and Evaluation/Expenditure Report Due: September 30, 2019


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can apply?
    Any Alabama public schools that serves students in grades six (6) through twelve (12). Schools should apply individually. Districts may submit the "same" application for multiple schools, but these should be submitted individually. Even identical proposals may or may not be awarded based on even distribution of awards across the state.

  2. Can our elementary school apply?
    Yes, if the school serves 6th grade students, and the proposed activity targets these sixth grade students.

  3. What types of "robotic kits" qualify?
    While we cannot provide an exhaustive list, any kit that requires the students to design and build a robotic device that is controlled by a student-written program, or remotely controlled to complete a variety of tasks is acceptable. See below for a non-exhaustive list of acceptable/not acceptable device kits.
    Acceptable (non-exclusive)- VEX-IQ, VEX Hexbug, Lego Mindstorm NXT or EVO, FIRST Robotics kits, Botball, DFRobotshop Tracked Robots, MakeBlock mBot, SeaMATE ROV kits
    Not acceptable- Ozobot, Dot/Dash, Sphero/Sphero Mini, Sphero Ollie, Drones, or any pre-assembled bot even if programmable.

  4. Why not tablets or computers?
    With the relatively low total award of $1,500, this grant is designed to acquire equipment and supplies exclusively for robotics. Traditional computers and tablet devices are multiple use devices and should be supplied through other funding sources.

  5. I receive an error message from Google when I try to access the application. What do I do?
    We have received word that some applicants receive an error message that states the applicant cannot access the application due to sharing restrictions. We have determined that this only occurs when the person completing the application is logged in to a G Suite for Education domain account. We are working to resolve this, but the easy work around is to log in with a personal Google account. You will still be able to list a G Suite for Education email address as the primary contact.