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Are you looking for a way to make your school or classroom Maker Space a reality, seeking a few more devices to facilitate an engaging and exciting classroom project, or wanting to try a cutting-edge innovation that is so new you missed your school's budget cycle? Apply for an IDEA mini-grant!

Illinois Digital Educators Alliance is the leader in supporting and promoting innovative education for all in Illinois. With this mission in mind, the IDEA Governing Board has budgeted funds to cover multiple grants. The purpose of the IDEA Mini-Grant Program is to provide IDEA members throughout the state with funding for educational technology projects that showcase innovation and creativity and directly benefit students in PreK-12 classrooms.

Applications open in early September and close early October. Award recipients are notified in early November. In your application, we ask you to tell us:

  • what you want to do
  • how it is innovative for your school, what it will cost to implement
  • how many students will be impacted and
  • some other necessary information

Your project must meet our guidelines and demonstrate innovation and the potential to benefit students. All submissions will be reviewed by multiple readers based on criteria found on our application website.

See the Mini-Grant Guidelines for more information. If you have any questions about the IDEA Mini-Grant Program, please feel free to contact the committee members at awards@ideaillinois.org.

2018 mini-grant RECIPIENTS

We awarded over $10,000 to eleven educators this year. Check out this year's recipients below.

Christine Akdeniz

Bring STEM to Our School!

Enhancing LMC with STEM Problem Solving

Medinah School District 11

Paul Baxter

Coding with Sphero

Fundamentals of Coding through Robotics

Ottawa Elementary School District 141

Tammy Browning

Computational Thinking using Dash Robots

Learning to Visualize Coding Through Robotics

Dunlap CUSD #323

Annmarie Clasky

A Dash of Help with Math

Enhance Math Practice Utilizing Coding Robots

River Forest Public Schools District 90

Joe Fatheree

Introduction to Robotics and Coding

Fundamentals of Coding through Robotics

Effingham Community Schools

Suzanne Hegeman

Drones for Coding in Makerspace

Coding Drones

Consolidated High School District 230

Erin Horan

3D Printing Pinewood Derby Cars

Research, design 3D prints for Physics Course

Lemont High School

Kristen Mattson

Augmenting STEM with ZSpace

Explore STEM Concepts in VR

Indian Prairie School District 204

Amanda O'Rourke

Drones for Classroom Simulations

Coding Drones

Bremen High School District 228

Karen Schmidt

Super Savvy Speakers

ELL/Access to language via Chromebooks

Yorkville Community Unit School District 11

Lisa Thomen

VR in the Coding Classroom

Coding and Experiencing in VR

Community Consolidated School District 93

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