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Enrichment Programs offer students the opportunity to enhance their educational experiences after leaving the classroom. The Viper Nation Education Foundation supports programs that strengthen skills in leadership, entrepreneurship and STEM. If teachers or parents would like to see a particular program available to their students,
please contact us.


First Lego League

VNEF supports FIRST® LEGO® League, a robotics program for the elementary, middle and high school levels. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

Robotics clubs get students excited about science and technology while teaching valuable life skills. At VNEF, we help to fund robotics clubs from elementary through high school. Using LEGO® Mindstorm NXT kits (and additional robotic applications at the high school level), students learn how to build and program robots to perform various functions. They work in a team atmosphere with parent and teacher coaches, and in some cases, technological mentors from such organizations as National Instruments, Dell, IBM and SAIC. Teams may choose to participate competitively. VNEF has funded several area teams in FIRST® LEGO® League tournaments.




Laura Welch Bush Elementary Jr. (1st-3rd grades)
Laura Welch Bush Elementary (4th/5th Grade Club)
Grandview Hills Elementary (K-3rd Grade 4th/5th Grade Club)
River Place Elementary (K-3rd Grade & 4th/5th Grade Clubs)

River Ridge Elementary (1st-3rd grades)
River Ridge Elementary (4th-5th grades)
Steiner Ranch Elementary (4th/5th Grade Club)
Canyon Ridge Middle School
Four Points Middle School
Vandergrift High School

Contact us for more information


Austin Mini Maker Faire

Maker Faire brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture.

In its simplest form, Maker Faire creates conversations with Makers. It is a show-and-tell format for people of all ages that brings out the “kid” in all of us. Maker Faire is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect to people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a “fair” which should be fun and engaging.


Society of Women Engineers

During CEW, you will be part of a team and will learn an engineering problem solving method to compete in a project design contest. A volunteer engineer will be assigned to each team to serve in an advising capacity and female UT engineering students will serve as CEW counselors.

CEW (Careers in Engineering for Women) is a weeklong non-residential summer camp for middle school girls designed to increase the representation of women in engineering and technical fields. It is held every summer on the University of Texas at Austin campus. CEW is an outreach program currently organized and directed by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, CEW was awarded the Building the Future Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.



Wouldn't It Be Cool If...

Wouldn’t It Be Cool If… is a new contest jointly presented by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds and i.am FIRST, founded by artist will.i.am.

The contest challenges kids in two age categories — 10-12 and 13-15 — to dream up the coolest invention idea to make their lives, communities and even the world more AWESOME.