KISS Institute for Practical Robotics
1818 W Lindsey
Bldg D, #100
Norman OK 73069
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement Our mission is: to create and implement programs that improve the public's understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math; develop the skills, character, and aspirations of students; and contribute to the enrichment of their school systems, communities, and the nation.
Contact Information
Contact Name Steve Goodgame
Contact email
Address 1818 W Lindsey
Bldg D, #100
Norman, OK 73069
Phone (405) 579-4609
Fax 405-3294664
County Cleveland County
Alternate Phone 405 830-6685
How to Give
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Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,260,732.00
Projected Expenses $1,227,545.00
History and Background
Supported Organization KISS Institute for Practical Robotics
Year Founded 1994
IRS Ruling Year 1994
State Registration Expiration Sept 2019
Mission Our mission is: to create and implement programs that improve the public's understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math; develop the skills, character, and aspirations of students; and contribute to the enrichment of their school systems, communities, and the nation.
The KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR) is a STEM education organization, headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma. It was founded with the vision to create a center for using autonomous robotics-based technology to provide STEM education programs that would include training teachers and mentors while engaging students in collaborative, rigorous, goal-directed STEM activities that highlight academic and career pathways within STEM disciplines.
Main programs include:
Botball® Educational Robotics Program
Botball is a STEM outreach program in which teams of middle and high school students (6th – 12th grade) design, build, program, and document original autonomous robots to play in an open-solution tournament. The participants use hardware and programming languages that are widely used in research labs and industry.
Junior Botball® Challenge
This program provides equipment, software, curriculum and professional development to elementary educators (K-8) to enable them to teach their students to write computer code. Curriculum is aligned to U.S. National Common Core science and math standards, OAS CS, CSTA and ISTE and vertically aligned to concepts and skills in middle/high School. The program focuses on discrete programming skills and engineering design concepts designed to improve computational thinking skills and promote mastery. The program culminates in a one-day public event where students showcase their robot designs and solutions.
Global Conference on Educational Robotics
This annual student-oriented conference includes technical paper presentations by students, and teachers, a student research competition, and informative presentations by world-renowned guest speakers and leading experts in the robotics industry. It sponsors the International Botball® Tournament, the KIPR Open Autonomous Robotics Tournament, the International Elementary Botball® Challenge and the Autonomous Robotics System Showcase.
Botball Aerial Challenge- The Challenge program focuses on using drones to teach the Python programming language to students K-16.
Past Accomplishments
1) Impacted ~55,000 middle and high school aged students with our STEM programs
2) Provided professional development for ~2500 educators
3) Impacting over 1300 elementary schools and ~15,000 students with the Junior Botball Challenge program 
4) Last March Oklahoma City event had ~2000 elementary kids in attendance and ~1000 middle and high school kids 
5) Produced 46 U.S. and 10 International Events
6) Produced a successful Global Conference on Educational Robotics
Current Goals
1) Continued Oklahoma and national expansion of our Junior Botball Challenge, which teaches K-8th grade students how to write code.
2) Continue to increase our impact in the U.S.
3) Continue to increase our impact in China, Europe, Africa and other parts of Asia.
4) To solicit several national sponsors to help with national scaling of the Junior Botball Challenge program.
We are always in need of volunteers for events and for specific participating teams.
Financial registration support to underrepresented teams and schools so that they have the opportunity to participate in the programs. The demand for the program outweighs the partial scholarship awards we are able to provide through our current sponsors.
CEO/Executive Director Statement We focus our efforts on the improvement of student's STEM skill set by teaching them how to write code. Writing code teaches computational thinking, which is tied directly to improved math skills and robots require application of the engineering design process.  We use motivating robots as a manipulative to accomplish this task and feel strongly that ongoing professional development for educators is key to improving the STEM skills of students.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
We are currently impacting over 350 schools in Oklahoma and have demand to implement the program in many more. We cover all of the new Oklahoma Computer Science Standards, which schools have to start addressing this coming school year
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Science & Technology/Engineering & Technology
Description The Botball Educational Robotics Program engages middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition, and serves as a perfect way to meet today’s new common core standards.

By designing, building, programming, and documenting robots, students use science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills in a hands-on project that reinforces their learning.

Students are exposed to an inquiry-based, learn-by-doing activity that appeals to their hearts as well as their minds. Botball addresses our nation’s need for a well-prepared, creative, yet disciplined workforce with leadership and teamwork experience. 
You can learn more about the program by visiting the Botball website at
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Approximately 5,740 students on teams, plus an additional 2,870 students in all had opportunities to work with the robotics equipment this year. This same equipment will be used for years with countless other students.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Outside program evaluation by Harvard PEAR Institute showed significant increases in STEM efficacy and 21st Century Skills with a larger increase for female participants
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Steve Goodgame
Start Date July 2008
Experience 25 years in industry, 15 years in education and 10 years in non-profit managment
Senior Staff
Ashley BorgerdingSTEM Implementation Specialist
Tim CorblyIT Administrator
Carol GoodgameSTEM Implementation Specialist
Number of Full-time Staff 6
Number of Part-time Staff 12
Number of Contract Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 500
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 5
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Name Wesley Myers
Company Affiliation U.S. Department of Defense
Term Sept 2017 to Sept 2020
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
Dr. Gottfried KoppensteinerVienna Institute of TechnologyVoting
Dr Ross MeadSemioVoting
Wesley MyersDepartment of DefenseVoting
Sabri SansoyOrchanicVoting
Mr. Keith WeberThe Civicus GroupVoting
Ms. Minda Wilson Esq.Earlham Court EnterprisesVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 1
Board Term Lengths 0 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments We have an annual outside audit completed
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2018-Aug 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $1,260,732
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,227,545
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$1,722,599$1,542,461$1,297,052
Total Expenses$1,621,566$1,538,877$1,198,457
Revenue Less Expenses$101,033$3,584$98,595
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$456,717$470,746$348,558
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,442$1,271$795
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,375,368$1,341,838$985,438
Administration Expense$184,152$158,613$178,083
Fundraising Expense$62,046$38,426$34,936
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.001.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%87%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%16%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$807,178$818,511$871,462
Current Assets$381,854$471,429$428,765
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$74,655$187,021$243,556
Total Net Assets$732,523$631,490$627,906
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.112.521.76
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $907,662Earned Revenue $817,843Earned Revenue $631,424
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $456,717Govt - Unspecified $470,746Govt - Unspecified $348,558
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $356,778Contributions $238,461Contributions $316,275
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note 1) In fiscal year 2016, a prior period adjustment of $14,140 was made.   It is included in the "Other" revenue section of the income statement. 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address 1818 W Lindsey
Bldg D, #100
Norman, OK 73069
Primary Phone 405 579-4609
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Steve Goodgame
Board Chair Wesley Myers
Board Chair Company Affiliation U.S. Department of Defense