Our Mission 


To give local K-12 students from all schools the opportunity to participate in exciting mentor-based programs that teach science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. 

Our History and Accomplishments

May 2008

Aquidneck Island Robotics (AIR) forms as a 4-H club with 5 students, 2 mentors, and 1 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team.  The team works out of the basement of one of the students.  This team sets the standard for AIR as it wins the 2009 Rhode Island FTC Championship and finishes third in the 2009 FTC World Championship.

Spring 2009

AIR partners with Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport.  This allows the Center to officially share resources (work space, materials and mentors) with AIR.  Please visit our sponsors page to view all current sponsors.

Fall 2009

AIR starts a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team and multiple FIRST Lego League (FLL) Teams.  The club is now the largest 4-H club in Rhode Island. 

March 2010 

Rhode Rage 121 (the AIR FTC team) wins their first Inspire Award at the Rhode Island FTC Championship.  This award is given to the team that best represents a role-model team. 

March 2012 

AIR STRIKE 78 (the AIR FRC team) wins their first Regional Engineering Inspiration Award at the Boston Regional.  This award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s community.

April 2012 

AIR STRIKE 78 makes it to the division finals in the FIRST Robotics World Championship finishing tied fifth in the world. 

April 2013

AIR STRIKE 78 wins their first Regional Chairman's Award at the Pine Tree Regional in Lewiston, ME.  This is the most prestigious award in FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.

April 2014

AIR STRIKE 78 wins their second Regional Chairman's Award at the New England District Championship in Boston. 

December 2014

AIR incorporates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

March 2015

Rhode Rage 121 wins their second Inspire Award at the Rhode Island FTC Championship.

April 2015

AIR STRIKE 78 wins its second Regional Engineering Inspiration Award at the New England District Championship in Worcester, MA. 

Summer 2015

AIR starts a FIRST Lego League Junior team which allows AIR to offer a full K-12 progression of programs.  A student joining AIR in kindergarten will have a series of programs to expand their knowledge and skills through their senior year of high school. 

March 2016

Rhode Rage 121 wins their third Inspire Award at the Rhode Island FTC Championship.

March 2017

Rhode Rage 121 wins their fourth Inspire Award at the Rhode Island FTC Championship.

April 2018

AIR STRIKE 78 wins their third Regional Chairman's Award at the New England District Championship in Boston. 

March 2019

AIR STRIKE 78 wins three district qualifiers and the Rhode Island District Event Chairman's Award capturing four blue banners.

Our Progams 

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the     501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. 

AIR participates in the full family of FIRST robotics programs allowing all students to start with the program and challenge that is right for them.  The programs for younger students act as a feeder to the more advanced programs.  Click here to learn more about FIRST.


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