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2023 Portsmouth District Competition Finalists

We need your support.

The Aviators was established in 2006 at Norview High School to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). We proudly stand as Norfolk Public School's award-winning competitive robotics team, promoting and nurturing the next generation of leaders toward STEM careers through our outreach and community-building efforts. 

In order to achieve our goals and compete in competitions, we rely on community support to maintain our team. The FIRST Robotics Competition requires intense support during the season, whether it may be donations, mentorships, or services that can assist at a moment's notice. One of our main goals is to make our team, regardless of income, accessible to all. Whether you're a representative of a company or organization, a community leader, or merely an individual interested in what we do, we hope that you can help us continue to be a competitive force in FRC and the community.

See The Aviators on the Hampton Roads Show here.

Why you should support us:

Members supporting the team during competition.

Creating Accessibility and Opportunity 

The Aviators have curated an all-inclusive environment that allows members to join with minimal dues or fees. We understand that in order to spread STEM awareness to all and give everyone the same opportunity, we do not bar anyone from joining due to their financial background or technical experience. We provide alternatives or waive fees if needed. Your support would allow us to continue this inclusive model.

Mechanical team members creating a prototype during the 2023 build season.

The Aviators is 100% Member-Led

The Aviators has developed a team structure rare among FRC teams where members are the main decision-makers. It is up to the members to brainstorm, facilitate, and lead in building robots and other projects. The role of mentors and volunteers is to guide us along the way and to keep us safe. We aim to keep this doctrine of allowing members to lead, and your support will allow our members to grow and flourish.

Members celebrating a win during the Glen Allen District Competition in 2019.

Showing Results For Three Years

The Aviators have continuously improved to achieve higher than we have in the past. Since our 2022 robotics season, we have become district finalists for the second year in a row, and won numerous other awards. Additionally, we have become a top 5 ranked team in an off-season competition allowing us to become an alliance leader, with the last time being back in 2008. We trust that this is only the beginning, and your support will help our constant improvement and legacy.

Members preparing the robot for a match at the 2022 Rumble in the Roads Competition.

Giving Members First-Hand Experience

The Aviators prides itself on being the only active FRC team in the City of Norfolk. Our team gives members the unique opportunity to learn manufacturing, electrical, computer-aided design (CAD), coding, and business management in a rewarding and relaxed environment. Additionally, members experience intense amounts of teamwork and communicative skills through the season and competition. Your support would allow us to bring more opportunities to the team.

By the Numbers:

 5  competition awards were awarded since the founding of our team.

 1  district competition won in 2017.

At least  85%  of the team contains low-income and underrepresented students.

 5  mentors, most being college undergraduate students.

 All seniors graduated in the top  10%  of their class in 2024.

Over  $525,000  awarded to our members in scholarships in 2024.

Ways to get involved:


We accept both monetary and in-kind donations in order to expand our efforts in FRC and in the community. For monetary donations, please see our sponsorship packet below or donate through Cash App. For in-kind donations, we seek materials, tools, machinery, and technology that can increase our productivity and capabilities. If you have anything that you think might be useful to us, please consider donating it to us. Please contact for these donations.


During build season, we rely on certain services that we cannot do in-house. This can range from brand printing (t-shirts, labels, stickers, posters), advanced machining and fabrication, food, media, transportation, and more. If you and/or your organization/company are able to provide services at a free or reduced price, please contact us at


The FIRST Robotics Competition gives a chance for high schoolers to have experience in many fields of discipline. However, we are still very inexperienced by professional standards. In order to maintain a high-performing standard within FRC and our community, we require help from mentors to lead us toward being a more capable team. We need help in many areas such as mechanical, electrical, programming, CAD media, outreach, fundraising, and more. If you and/or your organization/company are willing to be mentors, please contact us at

Our Current Robot


Built for Crescendo, our 2024 robot, Karl "J" Meister Jr., uses almost all recycled materials from previous robots. This robot features a dual-purpose intake and shooter for notes that can deposit into both speaker and stage, and a winch to climb. This robot earned our team the Sustainability Award and the Creativity Award.

See our previous robots here: 

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Commonly Asked Questions

Where are you located and when you do usually meet?

We are located in Norview High School at 6501 Chesapeake Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23513. During our season, we usually meet Mondays-Thursdays from 2:15 PM to 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please contact for any visits. 

When does the robotics season start and end?

FRC "Kickoff" usually starts on the first Saturday of the year, starting the season. The robotics build season spans from early January to late April, with district competitions in March. Depending on our ranking, regional and world championships are in April.

Where do donations go towards?

During the season, we have a variety of expenses. Donations may be spent on things that are associated with robot building, workshop infrastructure, registration, and travel. 

How can I keep up with news and updates?

We have created a newsletter to release news and updates to members, parents, sponsors, and community leaders. Please visit the link that will redirect you to subscribe to the newsletter here.

How can I learn more about the FIRST Robotics Competition?

Please visit the FIRST website to learn more about FRC.

Can your robot be presented to us?

It depends! We often present our robot in order to spread STEM awareness to others and to get our name known. Unfortunately, we are only able to show our robot at public, educational, and sponsor events (as disclosed in our sponsorship packet). We get extremely busy throughout the year, however, we try our best to attend all events we are invited to. If your events fall under the categories mentioned before, please email us at If you simply want to see us in action, please follow our newsletter to catch us at public events and competitions.

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