4-H club scores high in robotics competition

Some 35 high school students from around Rhode Island, all members of the Aquidneck Island Robotics 4-H Club, placed fifth in the first Robotics Competition World Championship held recently in St. Louis, MO.

First Robotics Competition (FRC) Air Strike Team 78, competed against 400 other teams in the competition which attracted more than 30,000 students, mentors, spectators and volunteers.

For the competition, teams were given six weeks to build a five-foot tall, 150-pound robot to play the FRC game called Rebound Rumble. The game consists of two alliances and each alliance consists of three robots trying to score as many foam basketballs into their hoops as they can during a 135-second match. The alliance that Air Strike was part of lost to the second-seeded alliance in the division finals.

Air Strike Team 78 is sponsored by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, the National Defense Education Program, Raytheon, BAE Systems, KVH and jcPenny.

The mission of Aquidneck Island Robotics is to teach youths the importance of science, technology, engineering and math subjects through interactive robotics competitions. The club embodies the 4-H motto, “Learn by Doing.” The state’s 4-H program is administered by the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences.