Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation Supports DRI’s STEM Education Programs

Nevada’s K-12 teachers and students will continue to benefit from STEM education through DRI’s popular Green Box program and Nevada Robotics, thanks to a generous donation from the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation.  

The Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation made a gift to provide free shipping of 280 Green Box kits to and from Northern Nevada schools. The Green Boxes, or suitcases, are filled with detailed grade-level teacher lessons and hands-on STEM activities that support the Next Generation Science Standards. The Green Boxes provide relevant STEM education in engineering, robotics, environmental science, biology, clean energy, and more.

In addition, the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation also made a gift so DRI can purchase seven new Ozobot robots as part of DRI’s Nevada Robotics program. Ozobots are small and powerful robots that fit into a child’s hand and introduce the basics of coding. Nevada Robotics will provide K-5 teacher trainings with one of the Ozobot kits, so educators have the skills and confidence to successfully teach coding through drawing lines. The other six Ozobot kits will be part of the Nevada Robotics Lending Library, which allows educators who have completed an Ozobot training to check out a robot to be used in their classroom.

To support DRI’s K-12 STEM education in Nevada or for more information on how to make a gift to support DRI, please contact Kristin Burgarello, director of advancement, at 775.673.7386 or

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Philanthropy is a multigenerational Lewis family tradition. During his childhood, Robert Lewis wanted to be a scientist. He has supported DRI for almost 15 years and was part of an instrumental group of donors that provided philanthropic support to launch the Innovative Research Program (IRP) in 2018.

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