Schools that offer Robotics to their students provide a fun, easy, and effective way to learn about computer programming. Programming a robot has tangible, observable effects. This often lays the groundwork for students to become interested in STEM and STEM careers. Being a part of a Robotics team isn’t cheap so schools, mentors and parents often fundraise to offset costs. EdCo partners with VEX and FIRST to help their students reach their fundraising goals.
“We know how hard it is for teams to raise ALL of the money needed to compete each year so we have reached out to local businesses for sponsorship of what we call “Power Grants™. “Power Grants™ help teams reach their goals and in some cases, allow them to participate when they otherwise wouldn’t be able to,” says Amy Zucchi, Head of Marketing at EdCo. When robotics teams were offered matching grants of $500, hundreds of teams set up fundraisers on EdCo and began raising. But unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to help all the teams on EdCo.
Robotics Grant Money
Now that all of the “Power Grants™ have been awarded, we saw how many teams signed up, how many teams started to raise and how much teams raised as a direct result of this campaign. “This has been the largest spike in fundraising on the platform since Giving Tuesday last year,” informs Zucchi. There are hundreds of students on EdCo who have offset the costs associated with traveling to robotics competitions because of these grants. Even if they didn’t receive the matching grant, they were empowered to raise money and did.
STEM continues to be a priority at schools and making programs like robotics available to them is incredibly important. If you are a business owner, or work at a company that contributes to (or is interested in contributing to) K12 education, please contact EdCo today. Our goal is to provide more funding to more teams. With connections to hundreds of elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the US as well as relationships with coaches, mentors and parents, together we can make a huge impact.
To find out how your company can sponsor Power Grants™, contact Amy Zucchi here.