FIRST National Advocacy Conference
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
Reached 7 different US Congressmen
When Team 2468 learned about the 1st Annual FIRST National Advocacy Conference, organized and operated by Team 27, at the 2014 World Championships, we were quick to register as the representative for Texas. Four of our students and one mentor attended the conference in Washington, D.C. We spent two full-days in training followed by a full day of meetings on Capitol Hill with various U.S. Senators and Congressmen from our state. We returned again in 2015.
Last summer, five students from Westlake Robotics traveled to Washington D.C. to take part in the 2nd annual FIRST National Advocacy Conference. They joined over a dozen teams from all over the US to promote STEM education, especially the Every Child Achieves bill. They were advocating for the passage of this bill because there was a section in it that would provide funding to schools for after school STEM programs. While Westlake is fortunate enough to have the resources to run a large robotics programs, our robotics team understand that many schools are not. Our goal was to give other students the chance to participate in robotics and inspire them to pursue a career in STEM fields. In D.C., our team talked with Texas Representatives Lamar Smith, Michael McCaul, and Roger Williams and Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. After talking with each member of these members of Congress, the students followed up with these members of Congress and invited them to the Texas Robot Roundup to experience the excitement of a FIRST event.