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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 2014-2015 season Rockwell Collins FIRST Grants will be available in the following states:

  • Iowa
  • 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 Process for Approved Teams

Teams will be notified of their grant status via email from FIRST within 6-7 weeks of their submission date.  Once notification is received, approved teams will be required to register with FLL within thirty (30) days. Approved teams will be emailed instructions for registering and ordering materials along with a unique coupon code that must be used during the registration process. The coupon code allows Rockwell Collins sponsored teams to register and order approved products specific to each team utilizing the FIRST registration system.

Teams may be expected to pay a portion of their own costs.

Please Note: Teams should NOT register with FIRST prior to receiving their coupon code as this may disqualify them from grant eligibility.

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 31, 2014.

Please Note: FIRST will be sending all final notifications of the Rockwell Collins FIRST Lego League Grants by September 14, 2014.

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 5-10 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 be notified of their grant status via email within fifteen (15) business days of submission of the grant application.

Registration Process for Approved Teams

Approved teams will be emailed instructions for registering and ordering materials. Once notification is received, teams will be required to register with FTC within thirty (30) days. Teams that have been approved for funding will be given a unique 'code' that must be used during the FIRST registration process. The code will allow eligible teams to receive a waiver of fees associated with participation. Teams may be expected to pay a portion of their own costs.

Please Note: Teams should NOT register with FIRST prior to receiving their coupon code as this may disqualify them from grant eligibility.

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 FTC grants, please contact Rebecca Whitaker at rebecca-whitaker@uiowa.edu.

Iowa FTC applications are due no later than August 31, 2014.

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 ends on November 21, 2014.

 

Engineering Experiences (K-12 Education Outreach)
Adriana D'Onofrio
Email
Grant forms for the
2014 - 2015 season

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

All 2014/15 FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge Grants in Iowa are now closed.