project leader
Andrew I
526 Smith Street
(North End)
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the project

SEED Education will sponsor two First Robotics League teams.  The teams are coached by Andrew Iannaccone, a veteran math and science educator. He's coached three robotics teams in middle and school settings. The teams are eligible to sign up for city and district competitions.

The Lego Jr. Team is for ages 6 – 10 and has an ideal team size of six. The Lego Team is for ages 9 - 14 and has an ideal team size of 10.  Family involvement is a critical component of the program.  Team membership applications describe the family involvement agreements for participation.

the steps

The Steps

1. SEED Education's sister company, SEED Development leases warehouse space in the neighborhood.  The team plans to build an office and design space for SEED Education in the warehouse space.  The robotics program will operate out of the design space in the office.  The space will be completed by early August.

2. During this time we will locate potential robotics team members and their families by

            -presenting at local community groups (North End Neighbors, North End Alliance, various block clubs,...)

            -promoting the robotics program through social media platforms

3. The first robotics team meetings are scheduled for mid-August

why we're doing it

SEED Education provides access to STEM opportunities for residents of the North End neighborhood in Detroit.  Our first product, two 1st Robotics League © teams, is for kids in the neighborhood.  The teams are coached by a veteran math and science teacher and assisted by a long time aeronautical engineer, who both live in the neighborhood.  The First Robotics organization fits into our goals of providing sustainable, equitable, ethical, and diverse  approaches in education.  The organization also comes with varied and vast resources to helps teams succeed and thrive.  For our community in the North End, the organization also provides access to mobility, in terms of education economic opportunities. 


Here are two powerful testaments about the opportunities First Robotics can provide:

“When students are engaged in hands-on STEM experiences, they build confidence, grow their knowledge and develop habits of learning. When adults coach these students, they encourage them to try, fail, and try again, while connecting STEM concepts to real-world examples.”


“FIRST LEGO League’s positive impact on participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 87% are more interested in doing well in school, and 88% have more interest in attending college.”


Disbursed Budget:

First Lego League Jr Registration: $92.00​

TOTAL RAISED = $100.00
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $5.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $3.00

Original Budget:

First Lego League Jr Registration: $115.00
WeDo 2.0 (3 sets) $567.00

First Lego League Registration $225.00
Challenge set $ 90.00
EV3 build kit $496.00
Spike Prime kit $420.00
EV3 expansion set $155.00

Project Funding Needed =    $2,068
ioby Platform Fee     $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)    $114
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)    $69
Total to Raise =    $2,286


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