Kids have been clamoring about coding since the 1970s and they’ve been clamoring about robots since the 1940s when the tin man appeared on silver screens. Now a chunk of that future has arrived in the form of VEX and FIRST robotics competitions. High school kids perform feats of engineering that even I myself could not have done being born in the 1990s (not that long ago). Even so, the problem is still the same, lack of funding. Schools have always needed funding for pencils and glue sticks and now they need it for GPS positioning kits, remote controls, wiring, gas, entrance fees, and, still, pencils and glue sticks. The method with which we fund our schools — tax money paid by government and private tuition paid by parents — has not yet caught up with the offerings and curriculum of the schools, and the imagination of children outpaces the budget.
EdCo provides a solution for every teacher, mentor, and extracurricular club — an easy to set-up, customizable web page to accept donations. EdCo not only allows family and friends to donate without needing to organize a bake sale or car wash but now relatives and family friends who live far away can easily donate when they couldn’t before. On EdCo, teams tell their stories about teaching robots how to throw baseballs and these stories spread with a click and a share. Students no longer require a visit to Kinkos to print flyers to be handed out. Fundraisers are shared instantly and more people can donate.
When all teachers, coaches, and mentors embrace this method and take the time to take pictures or videos of their students building robots and write a few paragraphs about the benefits they will receive from donations, they have the potential to raise 30% more funds than they would have otherwise. This means thirteen kids go to a robotics competition instead of ten. It means they apply to a new robotics contest which requires a new set of parts and allows the kids access to a new set of engineering principles. It means parents, students, and teachers no longer have to wake up at eight in the morning to set up a bake sale. They can be at home knowing their page will generate much needed funds for them. What is saved in time and effort can be applied toward attaining goals related to robotics. To check out EdCo and start a fundraising page yourself, click here. The process takes five minutes. Have a neat story to share? EdCo often covers teams and group that have something others can benefit from hearing. Contact us today.