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The Oregon Department of Education has announced the FIRST Robotics Grant funded by the Oregon Legislature will be administered by the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program, a 501c3 non profit organization.  Established in 2011, the grant program will continue to provide funding for participation in FIRST programs to Oregon public schools and non-profit organizations conducting after-school programs in public schools.  The Oregon Legislature budgeted $466,650 to support FIRST programs in schools during the 2017-2018 and 2018 - 2019 seasons. Team based awards will provide support for FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams.


FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – is an international program with the stated mission to:
“…inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

The purpose of this grant is to:
Increase the number of students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related careers through participation in FIRST programs.
Elevate community involvement through mentorship and sponsorship of FIRST teams.
Increase the opportunities for students in Oregon elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools to participate in FIRST programs with a focus on underserved students and rural communities.

The applications and awards for the ODE: FIRST Robotics Grant is administered by the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program.  There are separate applications for each FIRST program.

For more information, application deadlines and online applications  for:
FIRST LEGO League, 4th - 8th grade  - click here, email contact: Loridee-Wetzel@ortop.org
FIRST Tech Challenge, 7th - 12th grade  - click here, email contact: Cathy-Swider@ortop.org
FIRST Robotics Competition, 9th - 12th grade - click here, email contact: Debbie-Kerr@ortop.org