Competitive FIRST Robotics (VEX) Grants Program

The Competitive FIRST Robotics (VEX) Grant Program is made available to districts that provide pupils in grades K-12 with expanded opportunities to improve mathematics, science, and technology skills by participating in events hosted by science and technology development program known as FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) or other competitive robotics programs, including those hosted by the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation known as VEX and VEX IQ.  The competitive FIRST Robotics Grants support the MDE’s Top 10 in 10 goals two, three, four, and six through several key activities: 

  • Engaging students in well-rounded learning experiences

  • Providing coaches and mentors with professional learning oppotunities and SCECHS

  • Ensures equitable access to programming and resources

  • Establishes partnerships with job providers, community colleges, and higher education. 

2018-19 FIRST Grant Materials

PDF Document2018-19 FIRST Robotics Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) Instructions 

Excel Document2018-19 FIRST Robotics Grant Spending Plan Template 

Excel Document2018-19 FIRST Robotics Grant Student Roster Template

PDF Document2018-19 FIRST Robotics Grant Technical Assistance Webinar PowerPoint Presentation-8/21

PDF Document2018-19 FIRST Robotics Grant Technical Assistance Webinar PowerPoint Presentation-8/23

PDF Document2018-19 FIRST Robotics Grant Technical Assistance Webinar PowerPoint Presentation-8/23 (Nonpublic Schools Only)

PDF Document2018-19 FIRST Robotics Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document - Coming soon! 

Word Document2018-19 FIRST Robotics Grant Step-by-Step Instructions for MEGS+ Application 

Excel Document2018-19 FIRST Robotics Grant Spending Plan Template for Science Olympiad Programming (nonpublic schools only) 

PDF DocumentMEGS+ Application Set-up PowerPoint Instructions for new MEGS+ Users

External LinkSIGMA Help Page

2017-18 FIRST Grant Materials

PDF Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Award Recipients (Public Schools) 

PDF Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Award Recipients (NonPublic Schools) 

PDF Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) Instructions 

Excel Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Spending Plan Template (due with MEGS+ Application Submission) 

Excel Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Student Roster Template (due by April 30, 2018)

PDF Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Technical Assistance Webinar PowerPoint Presentation

PDF Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document 

Word Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Step-by-Step Instructions for MEGS+ Application 

Excel Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Spending Plan Template for Science Olympiad Programming (nonpublic schools only) 

PDF DocumentMEGS+ Application Set-up PowerPoint Instructions for new MEGS+ Users

2016-17 FIRST Grant Materials

PDF Document2016-17 Grant Award Announcement Recipient List - update 2/8/17 

 PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) Instructions

PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Excel Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Spending Plan Template

PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Spending Plan - Sample for Veteran Teams

PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Spending Plan - Sample for Rookie Teams  

PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Grant Technical Assistance Webinar PowerPoint  

PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics MEGS+ Application Step-by-Step Instructions  

 2015-16 FIRST Grant Materials

PDF Document2015-16 FIRST Robotics Grant Recipients List

PDF Document2015-16 FIRST Robotics Unfunded List   

PDF DocumentFIRST Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

External LinkSection 99h of State Aid - FIRST Robotics Legislation  

FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics 99h Grant

Public Act 367 of 2016, Protection of Pupil Privacy, requires that the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) post on their websites a notice of the information collected for a pupil’s education records, including an inventory of all pupil data elements and a description of each pupil data element.  A requirement of the FIRST Robotics grant states:

  • Provide MDE with an electronic roster.  - Template is listed below. 
    Click here for a list of data fields and their descriptions as collected by MDE. 

2017-18 FIRST Grant Materials

PDF Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Award Recipients (Public Schools) 

PDF Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Award Recipients (NonPublic Schools) 

PDF Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) Instructions 

Excel Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Spending Plan Template (due with MEGS+ Application Submission) 

Excel Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Student Roster Template (due by April 30, 2018)

PDF Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Technical Assistance Webinar PowerPoint Presentation

PDF Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document 

Word Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Step-by-Step Instructions for MEGS+ Application 

Excel Document2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Spending Plan Template for Science Olympiad Programming (nonpublic schools only) 

PDF DocumentMEGS+ Application Set-up PowerPoint Instructions for new MEGS+ Users

2016-17 FIRST Grant Materials

PDF Document2016-17 Grant Award Announcement Recipient List - update 2/8/17 

 PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) Instructions

PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Excel Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Spending Plan Template

PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Spending Plan - Sample for Veteran Teams

PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Spending Plan - Sample for Rookie Teams  

PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics Grant Technical Assistance Webinar PowerPoint  

PDF Document2016-17 FIRST Robotics MEGS+ Application Step-by-Step Instructions  

 2015-16 FIRST Grant Materials

PDF Document2015-16 FIRST Robotics Grant Recipients List

PDF Document2015-16 FIRST Robotics Unfunded List   

PDF DocumentFIRST Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

External LinkSection 99h of State Aid - FIRST Robotics Legislation  

FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Grant

Public Act 367 of 2016, Protection of Pupil Privacy, requires that the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) post on their websites a notice of the information collected for a pupil’s education records, including an inventory of all pupil data elements and a description of each pupil data element.  A requirement of the FIRST Robotics grant states:

  • Provide MDE with an electronic roster.  - Template is listed below. 
    Click here for a list of data fields and their descriptions as collected by MDE.