Government Involvement

Our team has been building a stronger relationship with our local and state Governments turning them into our biggest supporters. Every year we visit our town board to share our accomplishments, show our robot, and invite them to our local regional competition. We contacted the New York Secretary of Education’s office and traveled to Albany to present our robot and our desire to have the State start a grant that will allow every school the opportunity to start FIRST teams. After our visit with the Secretary’s office, we were asked to speak to the Governor’s Commissioned Panel for Education Reform. State Senator Ranzenhofer visited our school facility and was impressed by our students achievements, which led to our second visit to Albany. While there, we were recognized by the State Senate and Assembly and demonstrated our robot in the Legislative Office Building. In order to advance our grant proposal, we have met with Assembly Member Harry Bronson; he along with Senator Joe Robach, have written letters of request for funding for our FIRST grant in the 2015 NYS Budget. Senator Ranzenhofer also reached out to our team twice to help run an electronics drive in our local area. Currently we are working on writing a grant to help start teams in NYS