The week before the Fourth of July a few team members traveled to Washington D.C. as part of the National Advocacy Conference to meet with our Senators and Representatives about getting more funding for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title IV Part A.
Title IV Part A defines funding for after school activities where as much as 60% can be used for STEM programs such as robotics. The bill was authorized for $1.6 billion when it was passed. For the FY 2017 budget it was on appropriated for $400 million.
The problem with the $400 million funding level is that it isn't enough money to go to all school districts so it has become a competitive grant in several states. We are asking for it to be funded to atleast $750 million so every Title I school will get funding.
After talking with Representative Jim McGovern and the staff from Senator Elizabeth Warren's and Senator Edward Markey's offices they agreed that there was not enough funding and that they had already set this as one of their priorities for the FY2018 budget.
Our meeting with Representative Jim McGovern
Outside Senator Markey's office
You can't be a robotics team in D.C. without visiting Einstein.
Junior Robotics Challenge / Advanced Robotics
July 10th - 14th
July 17th - 21st
July 23rd - 28th
July 31st - August 4th
August 7th - 11th