Tribal College Partners

The mission of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is to provide higher education opportunities for its communities in a welcoming, culturally diverse environment. Two-year certificates and associate degree programs are offered by FDLTCC located in Cloquet, Minnesota.

SIPI hosted Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College for a one-day hands-on workshop and tour to demonstrate the programs and technology available at SIPI. The RoadRunner 5 was used to teach the basics of Arduino programming and and robotics technology. Six attendees from FDLTCC each got a RoadRunner kit and programmed six simple programs; each of which demonstrate a different aspect of I/O.


FDLTCC Statement of Work:

  • Recruitment and hiring of minimum two FDL undergraduate students as research assistant or teaching assistant .
  • Collaboration on upgrading and improving the design, payload and curriculum of the Mars Yard Rover, ROVS, Swarmie, and Road Runner platforms for outreach and student education purposes.
  • Promotion of the SIPI ICMARS educational technology platforms for two at least Native American regional middle and high schools.
  • Participation, through teleconferencing, in the monthly project team presentations.
  • Joint publication or conference attendance of FDL team with the related partner SIPI team.

Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, NM provide university readiness to Native Americans with certificate programs, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, and graduate degrees.

SIPI has partnered with NTU to foster collaboration with our science, technology, and manufacturing capabilities.


NTU Statement of Work:

  • Recruitment and hiring of minimum two NTU undergraduate students as research assistant or teaching assistant.
  • Improvement and 3D print design upgrade of the Mars Yard Rover, ROVS, Swarrmie, and RoadRunner platforms for outreach and student education purposes.
  • Promotion of SIPI ICMARS educational technology platforms for at least two Native American regional middle and high schools.
  • Recruitment of minimum one NTU undergraduate student for an eight week summer internship at a selected NASA Space/Research Center.
  • Participation, through teleconferencing , in the monthly project team presentations.
  • Joint publication or conference attendance of NTU team with the related partner SIPI team.