In Maine, our goal is to secure ongoing state funding for establishing and maintaining programs for hands-on STEM experiences in the K-12 population across the state. By uniting teams under a common cause, we aim to raise awareness about the invaluable impact of robotics and other STEM programs upon students' career choices and opportunities, to help meet current and expanding technical workforce demands.

Advocacy Day on May 16th

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.

  • Download Presentation [PPT] [PDF]

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.

  • Download Presentation [PPT] [PDF]

Step 2: Live Panel Discussion

On December 2nd, 2023 we held a live event where we invited former students from Michigan, Minisota, and Massachusetts to talk about their advocacy efforts. Through this dicussion you can learn key information about what to expect when you meet with your legislators and why it is important that we work together.

Step 3: Schedule Meetings

In Maine we are focusing on the following:

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


May 16, 2024

  • 9am - Noon: Hall of Flags
  • Afternoon: Meet with your elected officials


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.

Robotics in Maine Impact

The RIM Impact printout shows the value of robotics.


The FIRST Teams document shows how teams are found across the state.

Robotics in Maine Events

The RIM 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.