MAINE ROBOTICS -- Classroom-Robotics Curricula Leader
Though not well publicized, there are many exemplary robotics programs in classrooms, nationwide, and we are going to offer a few news reports in a new series that identifies some outstanding examples. Our first report centers on Maine Robotics, an organization founded in 2004 to support the training of mentors and teachers, as well as students, in a variety of robotics related competencies to further develop STEM skills and technical interests in Maine.
Since its inception, Maine Robotics, a 501C(3) nonprofit, has involved over 7,000 children, and approximately 1400 participate yearly. As noted at the Maine Robotics website, the organization widely networks with other educational groups in the state:
“In Maine’s world of higher education Maine Robotics partners with the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine’s School of Engineering, The Maine 4H program, the Maine Girl Scout Council, The Maine Maritime Academy, and the University of Maine at Farmington’s Department of Computer Science. Maine Robotics also works with community programs and schools across the State to bring these activities to as far reaching a population as possible.”
Tom Bickford is the President and Director of Maine Robotics, and his contact information is at Maine Robotics. He has overseen the FIRST LEGO League in Maine since 2000 and has operated and administered Summer Robotics Programs since 2002. Our thanks to Bill Lovell of www.c-linksystems.com for assistance with this article.