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Robotics Education Development Program

The New Hampshire Department of Education has created a special grant program for every public and public charter school in New Hampshire to offer their students a unique opportunity to develop the real-world skills they'll need to have a successful career in the 21st Century.

Through the newly created New Hampshire Robotics Fund, schools can apply for grants to start a robotics team in their school that will then have the chance to compete with other teams across the state - with the winners moving on to regional, national, and worldwide championships.

The grants are designed to help schools secure all the technical resources they will need to start a team, from robot kits and tools to tournament registration fees and stipends for team coaches.

The grant window under the legislation extended from September 1 – 30, 2017. That period wrapped up over the weekend and the response from New Hampshire schools has been overwhelming. Grant applications were received from 139 schools for over $717,000 *. The Robotics Education Fund, however, only received an appropriation of $375,000.

The DOE was able to work with our federal partners to make sure we can fill the higher than expected demand for robotics grants. The grant window was extended until November 15.

One of the targeted uses of Title IV Part A federal grant funds is to improve student academic achievement, including robotics and STEM initiatives. Use of the federal grant funds in coordination with state Robotics Education Fund is a perfect match. Grants under Title IV Part A also have a broader application, so that schools will be able to also focus on areas such as arts-based learning initiatives, civics education, personalized learning experiences for students, career pathways, dual-enrollment programs, and behavior and wellness programs. A grant application to support these programs will be released in November.

We hope you'll take advantage of this unique opportunity to give students the tools they’ll need to succeed in whatever career path they choose.

*Numbers updated from previous press release to reflect final requests following application deadline.


Awardee Resources

Additional Resources for Robotics Education Teams (A-Z order)
The following links are provided for informational purposes only. The views expressed and the data and facts presented on these external sites do not necessarily reflect those of the New Hampshire Department of Education or the Robotics Education Development Program.

FIRST® New Hampshire: K-12 STEM programs for students
This Manchester, NH, based organization offers programs for teams in grades K-4, 4-8, 7-12, and 9-12, as well as resources for parents, students, educators, and volunteers. Team funding is available.

  • For additional grant opportunities for new and existing FIRST teams, please contact Ken St. Hilaire at 603-320-8262 or

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA provides extensive resources for educators, students, and parents interested in robotics and STEM. Some pages to consider exploring are:

The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC)
"REC seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally."

VEX® Robotics: "Providing the tools to inspire the problem solvers of tomorrow."

VEX® IQ Challenge: Program for elementary and middle school teams

Courtney Ritchings
Education Consultant

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