Nelson Team Grants seek to enable Title I and STEM-focused elementary and middle schools (grades 4-8) in the Los Angeles area (especially LAUSD) to start teams to participate in the VEX IQ Challenge robotics program. Our goal is to inspire students to pursue STEM degrees and careers. We provide schools with the resources needed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Note: Nelson Team Grants are closed for the 2021-2022 VEX Robotics season.
The 2022-2023 VEX Robotics season starts with the announcement of the new game at
the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas, Texas on May 12, 2022. This
webpage should be updated for the 2022-2023 VEX Robotics season by May 31, 2022.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we could not hold a regular season with coach training and leagues in 2020-2021. Many teams could not even hold team meetings. Existing teams were not required to participate in an official event last season in order to maintain their team grants in good standing. However, many options were available for teams that were able to meet, including Online Challenges, Virtual Events, and Remote Events. In Southern California, roughly 10% as many teams participated in 2020-2021 as participated in 2019-2020.
Schools that received Nelson Team Grants previously and that pay to register one or more teams for the 2021-2022 season are eligible to apply for the Returning Team Award. This award offers each school a VEX IQ Challenge Field Upgrade Kit ($100), which is required to expand the VEX IQ Challenge field from 4'x8' to 6'x8'. Schools that already purchased the Field Upgrade Kit can be reimbursed by submitting a copy of their paid invoice with the grant application. The award also offers an additional VEX IQ Robot Battery ($23) for each registered and paid team. Old Robot Batteries that have not been recharged since the 2019-2020 season are unlikely to take a full charge if they can be recharged at all.
Schools that received Nelson Team Grants previously and that register more teams for the 2021-2022 season than they did for any prior season are eligible to apply for the 1st Additional Team Award. Schools that register at least two more teams are also eligible to apply for the 2nd Additional Team Award. Schools that already paid their team registration fees for additional teams can be reimbursed for one or two additional teams by submitting a copy of their paid invoice with the grant application. The items included in Additional Team Awards are listed in the table below.
Schools that have not previously registered any VEX IQ teams and that are interested in starting one or two new teams for the 2021-2022 season are eligible to apply for the New Team Award. Those that are interested in starting a second new team can also apply for the 1st Additional Team Award. Schools that already paid their team registration fees for additional teams can be reimbursed for one or two additional teams by submitting a copy of their paid invoice with the grant application. The items included in these awards are listed in the table below.
|Items for Team Grants||New
| Additional |
|VEX IQ Challenge Team Registration||$150||$100|
|VEX IQ Super Kit||$379||$379|
|VEX IQ Competition Add-on Kit||$115||$115|
|VEX IQ Foundation Add-on Kit||$150|
|Extra VEX IQ Robot Battery||$23|
|VEX IQ Challenge Full Field Perimeter & Tiles||$320|
| VEX IQ Challenge Full Field & Game
|New Team Total||$1,237||$594|
Schools that receive a New Team Award are required to register one VEX IQ Challenge team ($150 registration fee paid by grant the first year) and to register that team for and to attend an official event (typical fee $155) each year. Schools that receive a New Team Award should plan to spend up to $155 the first year for event registration and $480 each subsequent year for team registration ($150), event registration ($155), field and game element kit ($120), and for additional robot parts ($55). The recommended team size is 3-6 students the first year and up to 12 students in subsequent years.
Schools that receive Additional Team Awards are required to register one additional VEX IQ Challenge team ($100 registration fee paid by grant the first year) and to register that team for and to attend an official event (typical fee $155) each year. Schools that receive Additional Team Awards should plan to spend up to $155 the first year for event registration and $310 each subsequent year for team registration ($100), event registration ($155), and for additional robot parts ($55).
Schools should have at least one background-checked adult coach (usually a teacher) for each team attending an event.
Our goal is to start 1-2 new LAUSD leagues and maintain the 10 continuing LAUSD leagues. Some continuing league host sites may change.
Each new league should have 16-24 teams. Each continuing league should have 20-36 teams. Each league needs at least 16 teams to qualify top teams for State Championships.
All new schools are expected to send one or more coaches to attend Coach Basic Training.
Coaches that attended Coach Basic Training may attend Coach Advanced Training.
All schools participating in a league are expected to send one or more coaches to attend the League Orientation, if offered.
Leagues will meet after school at least four times between October and January:
|New Recipient Schools||19||16||68||132||47||277||12-24|
If my school receives a Nelson Team Grant, I understand that my school will have use of the provided robotics equipment for as long as my team fulfills the conditions listed below. A new VEX IQ Challenge season starts after the VEX Robotics World Championships at the end of April each year.
In the future, if my team no longer fulfills the conditions listed above, I will return the robotics equipment so that it can be made available to another school.
2021 Nelson Team Grant Application (Returning Teams Only) (Word document, 4 pages, updated 09/07/21)
This application should be signed by a school administrator, preferably by the Principal.
Please scan and email the signed application to LeRoy@LARobotics.org.
Applications are due by Friday,
September 3 October 1, 2021.
2021 Nelson Team Grants:
103 Recipient Schools, 16 New Teams, 31 Additional Teams,
141 Returning Teams, 6 Leagues, 0 State Championships
LeRoy Nelson, Treasurer
Los Angeles Robotics
1457 3rd St
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Mobile phone: (310) 529-4637, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Pacific 7 days
Home office phone: (310) 937-7226