Grants are open! Gizmo Garden now is providing Maine schools, libraries, and after-school programs with grants of equipment on a rolling basis. To be funded, projects must aim to narrow Maine's technology gender gap, which is distinctly worse than the national average. We suggest that projects incorporate some of the techniques that help restore gender balance in computer science and robotics.
For a list of schools and libraries already approved to receive grants, click the green buttons for 2017 recipients or 2018 recipients.
If you're a Mainer who is interested in leading a RoboPots program at your library, school, or after-school program:
- Look through the RoboPots Intro on this website. Be sure to view the video of students creating RoboPots at Bristol Consolidated School. Proceed to the Leader's Guide 1-5 for more details, which including how-to videos and a downloads page where you can see a PDF of the Step-by-Step instructions.
- Drop us an email and tell us about how how RoboPots would fit with your students and leaders.
- We'll arrange for you to try out creating your own RoboPot, so that you can make sure it's a good fit for your students.
- We'll discuss with you specifics like age group, facilities, and your plan to assure gender balance.
- Gizmo Garden will order the parts, will perform final assembly steps like pre-loading software, and will kit the parts for easy classroom use. Then we will deliver or ship the kits to you.
We want our daughters to come home excitedly sharing about how they have built parachutes, programmed a computer, coded a digital story, and countless other hands-on experiences that will stay with them forever.
-- Ruth Kermish-Allen, Maine Math & Science Alliance