Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, our goal is to secure state funding for all robotics teams through dedicated advocacy efforts. By uniting teams under a common cause, we aim to raise awareness about the invaluable impact of robotics education. Our mission is clear: to ensure that every robotics team in the state receives the financial support necessary for growth and sustained success.

Step 1: Training

In advocacy, the first step is learning the ropes. You can't make a difference in the system if you don't know how it works. Training is the toolkit that gives advocates the skills and know-how to speak up effectively, connect with others, and actually bring about positive changes. It's the starting point that lets people not just understand advocacy but actively take part in it.


Presented by: Joseph Niski

Welcome to advocacy and why we are here

Advocacy 101

Presented by Steve Hyer

Learn about what advocacy is, how to get started, and how to build relationships.

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Effective Meetings

Presented by Steve Hyer

Learn how to prepare for your meeting, do's and don'ts of meetings, logistics, and following up afterwards.

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State Government 101

Coming Soon

How does a bill become a law? What is the process to make this happen?

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Education Funding

Coming Soon

Learn how funding goes from the state to your local school district.

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Step 2: Attend Live Event

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

Each year SNEAC puts on a live conference where teams get the opportunity to learn more about advocacy and ask questions.

This year the event will be virtual via Zoom and available in person at the following locations:

  • University Day at UConn
  • Vex Event at WPI


  • 10:00am: Intro & Welcome
  • 10:15am: Panel Discussion
  • 11:00am: Break
  • 11:15am: Panel Discussion
  • 11:50am: Closing
  • Noon: Event ends

If you can't attend in person then you can watch the event on this site after the fact. We ask that everyone watching registers so we can keep in contact with you and help you with planning your meetings for your Advocacy Day.


Step 3: Schedule Meetings

In Rhode Island we are focusing on the following:

  • Get your legislators to know about K-12 competition robotics

Finding your legislators


The documents below will help you setup meetings and prepare you on what to talk about.

Sample Emails

Feel free to customize these Sample Emails to schedule your meetings with your legislators.

Talking Points

These talking points are useful to review to help give you some ideas of what you can talk about.

Step 4: Materials

You can print out these materials to hand out to your legislators.

FIRST Events

The FIRST Events printout can be used to invited your legislator to events.

The Southern New England Advocacy Conference was created in 2018 to get robotics teams in Southern New England to unleash the potential of advocacy in their state. In 2023 it was expanded to include all of New England and renamed States of New England Advocacy Conference.