ICE Mini-Grants

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?

ICE is the leader in supporting and promoting innovative education for all. With this mission in mind, the ICE Governing Board has budgeted funds to cover multiple grants. The purpose of the ICE Mini-Grant Program is to provide ICE 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 fall.

See the ICE Mini-Grant Guidelines for more information. If you have any questions about the ICE Scholarship Program, please feel free to contact the committee members at  [email protected].


We congratulate the 2018 ICE Mini-Grant recipients!

11 awards - $10,000 total


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 115

Lisa Thomen
VR in the Coding Classroom
Coding and Experiencing in VR
Community Consolidated School District 93