On Friday, March 17 a few students where invited to the state capitol to appear in front of the Workforce Finance and Policy committee meeting to speak to how FIRST has impacted them personally. This was a great opportunity for the Legacy Robotics team to see how our government works and promote FIRST Robotics. The group met with Representative Heather Edelson, the author of the House Bill MN HF1934. They were joined by team members from Becker, Edina and Rochester schools. After appearing at the committee meeting, they were given a tour of the House floor and other offices at the State Capitol. LCA Junior and Robotics member, Anna Stromberg, appeared in front of the committee with the other students. It was an amazing time to be included in this process.
MN HF1934 Bill:
$5,000,000 In fiscal year 2024 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for a grant to FIRST in Upper Midwest to support competitive robotics teams and prepare youth for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Of this amount, $2,000,000 is for creating internships for high school students to work at private companies in STEM fields, including the payment of student stipends.