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Who is RIM?

The Robotics Institute of Maine (RIM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities to middle and high school students to explore robotics in a competitive, yet supportive environment.  We work with both the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) and VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) to ensure that every student in every corner of Maine has the opportunity to participate, learn, and grow.  Every year, RIM works directly with thousands of students, as well as hundreds of teachers, mentors, and volunteers to expose students from all across the state to a hands-on STEM education.

Why Robotics?

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 graduating to meet this new demand.

Our educational system 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. By developing STEM knowledge in a sport-like atmosphere, robotics competitions help students to develop the necessary skills to be successful in a technology-based career.  However, these programs are expensive, and they require mentors who have technical skills. RIM provides the support needed in order to grow and sustain these much-needed programs!

How We Can Help

RIM supports Maine’s thriving robotics community in several ways:

2023 Season is Almost Here! – Watch for details.

Check out the Pine Tree District FIRST® Robotics Event
Friday – Sunday, March 11 – 13, 2022
Thomas College, Waterville, Maine, or visit

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.

VEX Robotics Competition
TBD     207-747-4406, or 207-767-3179 event day phone

FIRST® Lego League

Jamee Luce –

Basic information for FIRST LEGO League Challenge, including event information, can be found here: