New fund to help N.H. schools start robotics teams

  • Gov. Chris Sununu attends a tree-tapping ceremony at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Dean Kamen has turned his attention to the Stirling engine. AP file

Associated Press
Monday, September 04, 2017

New Hampshire schools can now apply for grants to start their own robotics team.

The Legislature created the Robotics Education Fund in 2014, but the details and rules weren’t settled until this year.

Gov. Chris Sununu is announcing the program’s launch on Tuesday along with Dean Kamen, founder of the FIRST Robotics competition, and students who have participated in the contests.

The Department of Education said the grants, which are available to all K-12 public and charter schools, are designed to pay for everything needed to start a team and run it for two years, including robot kits and tools, tournament registration fees and stipends for coaches.

Applications will be accepted until Sept. 30. If schools request more money than available, preference will be given to low-income communities.