The state of Maine is facing a difficult reality: we are not preparing our young people for the workforce needs of the future. The manufacturing and technology industries in Maine are on the rise! However, there is a major shortage of high-skilled workers on the market.
Our educational systems continues to struggle to inspire young people to pursue majors and careers in the STEM fields. This is where competitive robotics can make a significant impact. These programs are expensive, and they require mentors who have technical skills. RIM will provide the support needed for these programs to flourish!
Our goal is to encourage a more technical workforce in order to stimulate job creation and economic development in Maine. We will double the number of students involved in robotics programs in the next three years. These experiences provide the hands-on, experiential learning today's students need, as well as the teamwork, leadership, and engineering skills to be successful in a technical world.
Check out the Maine FRC Teams at the 2013 Pine Tree Regional!
12 of the 14 of the Maine FIRST Robotics Competition Teams at the 2013 Pine Tree Regional FIRST Robotics Competition held April 4 -- April 6, 2013 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME. Photo provided by Kim Eckhardt.