A proposal heard in committee creates a grant program that would award resources to competitive robotics teams in Minnesota. The language calls for five grants to be awarded of no more than $20,000 to public or private nonprofit entities. These entities must provide a 50% match. The money can be used for tools, equipment, physical space, and utilities for high school robotics teams. At least half the money is reserved for teams outside the metropolitan area.
High school students brought their robots to the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee. They showed legislators how they operate, thoughts behind building/designing them, and how their experience on robotics teams shaped their views on pursuing degrees in the science and technology fields. (SF 2351)