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FIRST Grants

At Rockwell Collins, we recognize the value of forming positive relationships with students who will become the next generation of engineers and innovators. That is why we are teaming with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to dramatically increase FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams throughout Iowa and across the nation.

Funding for a limited number of FLL and FTC teams in Iowa will be available through Rockwell Collins FIRST grants. The grants place a special emphasis on teams that have not participated in the past, teams that include minority students and females, and teams from schools with a high percentage of students on free and reduced lunch programs. Funding levels will vary and may include the cost of the robot kit, registration, field setup kit, or a combination of these items.

FIRST teams residing in a state with a Rockwell Collins facility outside of Iowa can contact their program’s FIRST affiliate partner for questions/concerns/applications regarding a Rockwell Collins grant.  All FIRST affiliate partners can be found on the FIRST website.

Please note, for the 2015-2016 season Rockwell Collins FIRST Grants will be available in the following states:

  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Oregon
  • California
    • Tustin area
    • Carlsbad area

FIRST teams outside of these states are highly encouraged to visit the FIRST fundraising toolkit and/or to visit with their state’s affiliate partner for local grant opportunities.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL)

Teams eligible for these grants must have an affiliation with a school or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (for example, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Club) and be located in the state of Iowa.

The grants place a special emphasis on teams that have not participated in the past, teams that include minority students and females, and teams from schools with a high percentage of students on free and reduced lunch programs.

Team Expectations

Grant recipients must agree to the following:

  1. Teams will consist of 5-10 members between the ages of 9 and 14.
  2. The team will meet at least weekly throughout the season.
  3. Coaches will participate in a training session for coaches.
  4. The teams will participate in a tournament, which may be a regional or championship event.
  5. The coach will be responsible for managing the team and participating in a post-season evaluation.

Application Process

Teams must complete the online application (accessible from the link available on the right side of this page during the application period) to be eligible for the grants. This step must be completed before the team registers with FIRST.

Registration for Approved Teams

Teams that are approved for a grant from Rockwell Collins will receive an email directly from FIRST with instructions for registering and ordering materials. Teams must be registered (and unpaid) to receive funding from Rockwell Collins.  Once notification of the grants is received, teams will be required to complete the registration process. Teams may be expected to pay a portion of their own costs.

Please Note: Teams should not pay for their registration and/or product prior to receiving notification of their grant as this may disqualify them from grant eligibility.  FIRST suggests that if you think you may receive multiple grants that you should wait to complete the checkout process.

Teacher Stipends

Certified teachers who are coaching FLL teams for the first time and meet all team expectations as outlined above may be eligible for a stipend. A separate application process for teacher stipends will take place in January. Eligible teachers will be notified of the process at that time.

For additional information about FLL grants please contact Adriana D’Onofrio at Adriana.DOnofrio@rockwellcollins.com.

Iowa FLL applications are due no later than August 25, 2015.

Please Note: FIRST will be sending all final notifications of the Rockwell Collins FIRST Lego League Grants by September 1, 2015.

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

Teams eligible for these grants must have an affiliation with a school or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (for example, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Club) and be located in the state of Iowa.

Team expectations

Grant recipients must agree to the following:

  1. Teams will consist of 5-15 members between the ages of 14 and 18.
  2. The team will meet at least weekly throughout the season.
  3. Coaches will participate in a training session for coaches.
  4. The teams will participate in a tournament, which may be a regional or championship event.
  5. The coach will be responsible for managing the team and participating in a post-season evaluation.

Application Process

Teams must complete the online application on our website before registering with FIRST to be eligible for the grant. Teams will have until June 30 to apply and award notices will be distributed during the first week of July, 2015.

Registration for Approved Teams

Team that are approved for a grant from Rockwell Collins will receive an email directly from FIRST with instructions for registering and ordering materials. Teams must be registered (and unpaid) to receive funding from Rockwell Collins.  Once notification of the grants is received, teams will be required to complete the registration process. Teams may be expected to pay a portion of their own costs.

Please Note: Teams should not pay for their registration and/or product prior to receiving notification of their grant as this may disqualify them from grant eligibility.  FIRST suggests that if you think you may receive multiple grants that you should wait to complete the checkout process.

Teacher stipends

Certified teachers who are coaching FTC teams for the first time and meet all team expectations as outlined above may be eligible for a stipend. A separate application process for teacher stipends will take place in January. Eligible teachers will be notified of the process at that time.

For additional information about Iowa FTC grants, please contact Rebecca Whitaker at rebecca-whitaker@uiowa.edu.

Iowa FTC applications are due no later than June 30, 2015.

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

Teams eligible for these grants must have an affiliation with a school or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (for example, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Club) and have a Rockwell Collins employee mentor/coach.  If you meet the qualifications for a Rockwell Collins FRC grant, please contact Adriana D’Onofrio at Adriana.DOnofrio@rockwellcollins.com.

The Rockwell Collins 2015 FRC Grant Application process will open in the fall of 2015. 

Engineering Experiences (K-12 Education Outreach)
Adriana D'Onofrio
Email
Grant forms for the
2015 - 2016 season

As a reminder, to be eligible for either of these grants the team must be from Iowa.

FIRST LEGO League grant form

FIRST Tech Challenge grant form