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Where can I find more details about Kickbox?

Read the Kickbox student FAQs for more information on the Kickbox program.

What are the expectations of the faculty/staff sponsor?

All Kickbox applications require a faculty or staff member sponsor. The role of the sponsor is to make sure the idea or project can be completed, and to provide the student with guidance during their project.

How involved you are in your student's Kickbox will vary. At a minimum, we are asking that you:

  • Review the requirements of a Kickbox project.
  • Verify that you have reviewed the student's application.
  • Agree/disagree that it is an idea grounded in reality, can be completed (or significant progress made) in three months and is worth pursuing by the student.
  • Meet with the student at least three times over the course of their project - one during planning (February), one during execution (March) and one in preparation for the final presentation of the project (April).

The student must identify their project sponsor when they complete the online application.

Who is qualified to be a Kickbox sponsor?

Any Elon faculty or staff member can sponsor a Kickbox. The sponsor should have some experience or understanding of the type of project they are sponsoring to effectively guide the student during the project.  

What if the project I’m sponsoring fails?

That’s OK. Failure is a part of the creation process. The important thing is that the student learns from these failures to better prepare for their next project. Your student will still be required to complete all the responsibilities of the Kickbox - like regular updates and a presentation about what went wrong and how it could be fixed.

Do students get academic credit for the Kickbox?

No, students do not receive academic credit for participating in Kickbox. You are not expected to grade the students or meet with the student(s) each week. We do ask that you meet at least three times during the semester.

Can I sponsor multiple students for a Kickbox project?

Yes, you can sponsor as many Kickbox students as you would like.

Can teams apply for a Kickbox?

Yes, multiple students can work as a team and apply for a Kickbox. If they choose to work as a team, one person must be designated as the primary investigator for the project. That person will be responsible for meeting all the deadlines and communicating with Kickbox program staff. The team can include as many members, or co-investigators, as the student sees fit.

Whether you meet with the whole team or just the primary investigator is up to you.

Students listed as co-investigators on a project are allowed to apply for their own Kickbox if it is an entirely different project. 

How do I know I’m done with the sponsorship?

The student will present their project during Celebrate Week at Elon (late April). That presentation officially marks the end of your Kickbox sponsorship. Of course, you’re welcome to continue working on the project, but you’ll have no other responsibilities to the Kickbox program.

What kind of funds are in the Kickbox?

The Kickbox has a $300 pre-paid Visa card for that can be used anywhere that accepts credit cards. There’s also an Oak House gift card in case your student wants to take someone out to coffee to bounce ideas around or discuss their progress (hint, hint).

What if my student doesn’t fulfill the requirements of the Kickbox?

If your student does not complete the requirements as outlined in this document, if they leave the project or Elon University, or in the unlikely event they are asked to leave the project, the student must return the Visa card, as well as ALL materials and tools to the Maker Hub within three business days. The student may be held accountable for any missing funds on the Visa card and they will not be allowed to receive Kickboxes in the future.

You, the Kickbox sponsor, will NOT be held accountable for any missing funds on the Visa card.

What advice do previous Kickbox sponsors have to share?

These comments are from an end-of-project survey sent to Kickbox sponsors.

  • Set weekly meetings to keep the project on time.
  • Be sure to have a well-defined goal/tasks.

  • Stay involved.
  • My student has a great idea for a project, but it was probably too ambitious. Make sure the scale of the project is appropriate. Also talk to your student about expectations in advance.
  • I found my role as a faculty sponsor was a reality check.
  • I would advise others to sponsor students who show strong potential for success.

Who selects the Kickbox projects?

Kickbox applications are reviewed by Maker Hub student staff, Teaching and Learning Technology staff (TLT) and by select faculty members serving on the Academic Technology and Computing Committee (ATACC).

Who can I contact with more questions about Kickbox?

Contact Dan Reis (dreis2@elon.edu) in Teaching and Learning Technologies with your questions.