On Sunday, February 24, the Green Reapers hosted a conference to teach teams from Massachusetts and Connecticut how to work with their state legislators. At the event the teams learned how a bill becomes a law, how state government operates, and who their local representatives are. We then went through several data points about why students who participate in FIRST have an advantage in STEM fields. On Tuesday, the teams visited their state houses to talk to their representatives about FIRST.
All of the attendees at the Southern New England Advocacy Conference (SNEAC)
When the Green Reapers visited the State House in Boston we met with our legislators to discuss how FIRST has affected all our lives and how FIRST is a great mechanism to grow interest in STEM and STEM fields. Everyone we spoke with understood FIRST’s value, and some agreed to potentially co-sponsor a bill to get funding which would support teams throughout the Commonwealth. We are going to start working with several local representatives to help write this legislation.
Senator Harriette Chandler
When we met with Senator Chandler she mentioned that she is very familiar with FIRST and is a fan of their work.
Representative Dan Donahue
Representative Donahue, who spoke at Sunday's event, was very welcoming of our request - and offered to help us write the budget item and to sponsor the bill.
Worcester Railers Fundraiser
We are selling tickets to the Worcester Railers game on March 9th. Tickets are normally $27 but we are selling them for $24 which also includes a Railers hat. If you are interested in attending please contact a team member or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Representative Jim O'Day
Representative O'Day was also very receptive to our cause and offered work with us to potentially co-sponsor legislation.
Governor Charlie Baker
We also met Governor Charlie Baker's staff and they were very excited to see the numerous robotics events in the state and they look forward to working with us more in the future.