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VISION 2017 Grants

FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics Grant 2017

State Library and FIRST® Australia have partnered to provide a second round of this popular Grant which is now open to Queensland public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres to deliver robotics workshops for young people aged 9 – 16 using LEGO® Mindstorms Kits.

What you'll get:

  • A LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robot, challenge mat, and assorted Lego
  • Free registration for your team at the Queensland FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament in November
  • Entry to one full day of training in one of 2 Queensland metropolitan locations - facilitated by FIRST® Australia
  • $2000 from State Library of Queensland towards costs associated with attendance at the one-day training, and implementation of workshops and community events.

Your commitment:

  • Grant recipients will be required to attend one full day of training in one of two Queensland metropolitan locations.
  • Participating libraries will provide weekly workshops for six weeks to a group of up to 10 young people using the LEGO® Mindstorms kit. The groups will learn to build and program a robot, learning about science and engineering in a fun and play-based setting.  At the end of the six week program each library will run a community event to demonstrate participant achievements.
  • Councils that received the grant in 2016 must guarantee that the Kit and Team Registration will be used by a library branch that has not previously been involved with the program.

Applications close on Friday 2 June 2017

For more information download the Grant Guidelines  (PDF 959.2 KB), or to apply for the grant visit the FIRST Australia website 
Find out more about LEGO® Mindstorms and what they can do on the Public Libraries Connect website

For further information contact Regional Partnerships regionalpartnerships@slq.qld.gov.au, 07 3842 9049.

Previous grants

Coding and Robotics Grants 2016

Reflecting all of the themes outlined in The Next Horizon: Vision 2017 for Public Libraries, funding of over $300,000 has been awarded to 33 councils  (PDF 380.8 KB) to deliver coding and robotics programs through public libraries across Queensland.

The activities being funded range from introducing new technologies such as the NAO humanoid robot, holding community beginner coding days and hosting Code Clubs for participants of all ages, touring Robotics Roadshows to schools and community groups, and even staging an underwater robot race in a local public pool.

For more information on coding and robotics platforms and to see some examples of how robots and coding are being introduced across the state, visit the Coding and Robotics page.

Incubators of ideas, learning and innovation grant announced

$250,000 worth of grants have been awarded to 11 councils under the Vision 2017: Incubators of ideas, learning and innovation grant round. The grants are designed to position public libraries as places for creative collaboration and learning where ideas can be imagined and new skills acquired through innovative library programs and collections. A wide array of creative projects across Queensland will be undertaken using grant funds, including a steampunk festival for young people, workshops and spaces to encourage small business start-ups, sensory and new technology play experiences for all ages and abilities.

The grant round inspired 25 councils to submit applications to a total value of $873,250. Selection was highly competitive and congratulations are extended to those councils successful in receiving funds.

2013 Creative Community Spaces Grant: Successful grant applicants [DOC 63 KB]

Last updated
8th May 2017