I did a demo today for a rural northern New Jeresy Technology teacher. He is offering a "Leggo"Robotics Lab for the students of his middle school. He only receives $3,800.00 for his whole department annually.
AND! We know how expensive those Leggo Robot parts are!
BUT! He is a marketer. He set up a booth at the NJ State Fair, demonstrating his students efforts and projects. As a direct result, he has signed on 10 corporate sponsors for his program, and made many more business contacts.
J+J was revamping one of their mechanics workspaces, they called him. He was able to obtain a complete set of heavy tools and work benches for the lab. Snap-on tool sets, not bad!
One company was purchasing new computer workstations for their staff, guess who got 20 lightly used workstations?
Moral here! If you need funding for your students....make the effort and reach out to local businesses and organizations. Everybody wants to help.