Grants available to Northwest Florida FIRST® teams

Northwest Florida FIRST room

With the conclusion of the Florida State level events this week, the GAMECHANGERS season has officially closed. Thank you to each one of you for participating during this unique (and long) season. To help us prepare for next season we are asking all 2020-2021 NWFL FIRST teams to complete this survey. 

No doubt you have already seen that FIRST has announced FIRST FORWARD for next season. We can’t wait to have you travel with us next season! FIRST LEGO League program’s kickoff is scheduled for August 17th, and FIRST Tech Challenge program’s kickoff is scheduled for September 18th. We expect to return to in-person competitions next season (with necessary cautions in place).  

As you look forward to next season, we wanted to notify you of two grant opportunities! 

DOD STEM Grants

  • Team should have a coach or mentor with military affiliation.  
  • Team must participate in an official local event.  
  • Repeat applicants must have returned the AAR (after action report). 
  • Estimated Funding:  
Program  Veteran Season Grant  Rookie Season Grant  World Festival Registration Grant 
FLL Discover  $240  $640  N/A 
FLL Explore  $145  $390  $400 
FLL Challenge  $370  $840  $1,000 
FTC  $310  $1,450  $2,000 
FRC  $2,500  $6,000  $5,000 

 

  • Application – deadline to apply June 9, 2021 
  • Apply separately for each team you intend to field next season. 
  • Estimated notification of award – late July 

Doolittle Institute STEM Grant

      • Team should be from (or made up of students from) a Title 1, rural, or underserved in STEM school. 
      • Team must participate in an official local event. 
      • Team should not have applied for funding from Doolittle Institute for more than 2 consecutive years. 
      • Repeat applicants must have responded to the NWFL End of Season Survey. 
      • Repeat applicants (Season’s 2 & 3) must participate in a Sustainability Building Workshop. 
      • Estimated Funding: 
Program  Season 3 Grant  Season 2 Grant  Rookie Season Grant 
FLL Explore  $100 Stipend  FIRST Registration & Inspire Set  FIRST Registration & WeDo 2.0 
FLL Challenge  $100 Stipend  FIRST Registration & Challenge Set  FIRST Registration & SPIKE Prime 
FTC  League Fees covered ($300)  FIRST Registration & League Fees covered  FIRST Registration & basic FTC robot kit 

 

      • Application – deadline to apply June 9, 2021 
      • Apply separately for each team you intend to field next season. 
      • Estimated notification of award – late July 

 

DI Program Manager joins global STEM education advisory committee

Lauren Bierman headshot at the Doolittle Institute

On 16 April 2021, the FIRST® and LEGO® Education invited the Doolittle Institute’s STEM Program Manager, Lauren Bierman, to join its global advisory committee, the Partner Executive Advisory Committee. Bierman accepted on 27 April 2021.

Bierman will contribute to the Partner Executive Advisory Committee (PEAC), a group established by FIRST® and LEGO® Education in 2018. Not only will she provide future program guidance to both FIRST® and LEGO® Education globally, but she will also speak on behalf of the Program Delivery Partner community of the entire United States.

FIRST® and LEGO® Education started FIRST® LEGO League, an extracurricular program designed to inspire students to become science and technology leaders and innovators. FIRST® LEGO League engages students in exciting mentor-based programs which build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

PEAC meets at least quarterly with partners from the UK & Ireland, Australia, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Mexico, Brazil, USA, and Canada. Bierman will connect with these progressive and dedicated Program Delivery Partners to provide recommendations regarding strategic direction, program content, and delivery methods; and to represent the experiences, perspectives, and concerns shared by USA partners.

Bierman oversees the Doolittle Institute’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach programs, including FIRST® LEGO® Leagues, FIRST® Tech Challenge, AFRL LEGACY Craftsman, and AFRL Junior Apprentices. The Doolittle Institute’s STEM programs reach students from Pre-K through high school, and often beyond.

Providing robust STEM education is a crucial part of cultivating a strong future workforce. The Doolittle Institute remains committed to sixteen Northwest Florida counties—from Pensacola through Tallahassee—to develop and support students’ technical and interpersonal skills, leading them to high-paying careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Doolittle Institute, an AFRL Innovation Institute, supports the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter, identify and foster new R&D partnerships and develop AFRL’s current and future workforce. The Doolittle Institute is a member of the Defensewerx Family.

For more information about our STEM Outreach programs, please contact the Doolittle Institute at (850) 226-4383 or email us at stem@doolittleinstitute.org.

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Call for Subject Matter Experts

Expert explaining subject matter at the Doolittle Institute

Application deadline has been extended to MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021.

The Doolittle Institute seeks subject matter experts to participate in an upcoming Design SPRINT (date TBD) for our customer, the Air Force Research Lab. If you are a U.S. citizen with expertise in one or more of the following areas and are interested in participating, please submit an application. 

  • Microfluidics  
  • PaintManufacturing
  • FoodProcessing
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • High Performance Ceramics 

 Requirements: 

  1. U.S. Citizen 
  2. Technical expertise in one of the areas listed above
  3. Able and willing to dedicate 3-5 days for Design SPRINT participation 
  4. In person and virtual options 

In-person participation is preferred; limited stipends may be offered for time and travel. 

The Doolittle Institute, an AFRL Innovation Institute, supports the Air Force Research Labs Munitions Directorate by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter, identify and foster new R&D partnerships and develop AFRL’s current and future workforce. The Doolittle Institute is a member of the Defensewerx Family.

Apply Here