Rep. Vandana Slatter on the Inaugural FIRSTWA Legislator Invitational

On Friday, March 15, 2019, Rep. Vandana Slatter, D-Bellevue, co-chair of the Science Innovation and Technology (ScITech) Caucus and FIRST Washington, hosted the Inaugural FIRST Washington Robotics Legislator Invitational at the State Capitol. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle teamed up and learned to code and program while being mentored by high school students. Later, legislators from all four caucuses engaged in a friendly competition using the FIRST LEGO League competition format. The event gave Democratic and Republican legislators the opportunity to see how impactful and rewarding robotics is in opening the doors toward STEM/STEAM for all.