Robots built by the student teams complete a challenge course consisting of commuting-themed transportation missions, such as moving disabled vehicles to a garage, delivering food to an airplane, and picking up passengers at a bus stop.
Students are required to belong to an after-school robotics club. They use robotic kits based on Lego building bricks.
The after-school program is a partnership between URI and several Rhode Island school districts, which aims to increase the number of disadvantaged students who attain higher education in the fields of math, science, and engineering.
Summer Transportation Institute
The URITC offers two two-week sessions to introduce 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students to careers in the transportation industry. All participants receive full scholarships
, and participate in academic enhancement activities, computer training, field trips, and student projects.