"These are the sort of things that 10, 12, 15 years ago computer science PhDs were working on, and now you've got 12, 14, 15 year old students doing it."

   - David Lavery,
      Solar System Explorations, NASA

Smart Robots. Smarter Students!
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Funding Your Botball Team

KISS Institute for Practical Robotics understands that raising funds for Botball registration fees is a challenge for many of our teams. Following are some suggestions and resources that our Botball teams might find helpful in planning their fundraising efforts.

The Botball Funding Cycle

  • Finalize Registration Payments
  • Attend Regional Workshop
  • Build & Program Robots - Take Pictures!
  • Invite Constituents to Tournament
  • Contact Media for Story/Article
  • Attend Botball Tournament - Take Pictures!
  • Write Sponsor Thank You Notes & Send Pictures
  • Submit Next Season's Fundraising Plan to School
  • Attend the Global Conference on Educational Robotics
  • Organize a summer robotics camp as a fundraiser

Getting Started

The first step is to request funding from your school community. There are several options to consider including:

  • School PTA/PTO or Booster Club
  • Principal/School District
  • Local Education Foundation
  • Material Funds (might cover the kit portion of the registration fee!)
  • Professional Development Funds (might cover the workshop portion of the registration fee!)
  • Appropriate Title Funds or Gifted Education Funds

In addition to these resources, consider exploring some or all of the options listed below. Be sure to involve students and parents in your fundraising efforts!

Plan Fundraising Activities

Fundraising is a great way for your Botball team to raise money for your registration fee, travel expenses, game table, etc. It's also a great way for students to learn the value of hard work and commitment. To read about various fundraising activities that might be appropriate for your team, click here.

Find Local Sponsors

There are many benefits in finding one or more local sponsors for your Botball team. These sponsors may donate money to your team, assist you in carrying out other fundraising efforts, and/or possibly serve as mentors for the team. Click here to get tips on finding and keeping a local sponsor for your team.

Learn About Grant Opportunities

Visit this area to review suggestions and links to grants and other possible funding resources. If you know of grant opportunities that might help teachers fund their Botball program, we'd like to hear about them. Please email Marci Corey.

Apply for a Botball Scholarship

KISS Institute encourages teams to secure their own sources of funding. However, we do offer scholarships in limited amounts to assist teams that have attempted to raise the necessary funds. Read about the scholarship application process and access the online application here .