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 opportunities and SCECHS
Ensures equitable access to programming and resources
Establishes partnerships with job providers, community colleges, and higher education.
2019-20 FIRST Robotics (VEX) Grant Materials
Team Worksheet - Coaches can use to share information with the school district staff submitting the MEGS+ application.
2019-20 FIRST Robotics Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document - Coming Soon!
2018-19 FIRST Grant Materials
2018-19 FIRST Robotics Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document - Coming soon!
2017-18 FIRST Grant Materials
2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Spending Plan Template (due with MEGS+ Application Submission)
2017-18 FIRST Robotics Grant Student Roster Template (due by April 30, 2018)
2016-17 FIRST Grant Materials
2016-17 Grant Award Announcement Recipient List - update 2/8/17
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:
Register their team with www.firstinspires.org.
- 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.