Carl Hayden Robotics Qualified for Finals for the First Time

Posted by Rachel Steingard on 8/8/2013

The Carl Hayden Robotics team qualified for the finals for the first time, and placed 8th,  its best finish ever,  in the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) RoboSub event in San Diego July 26-28.  The 12-student Falcon crew was one of only two high school teams competing in the 31-team field representing the U.S., as well as India, Israel, Canada, Spain, Russia, China, Turkey, Sweden and Singapore. 




The goals of the AUVSI student competitions are to provide opportunities for students to experience the challenges of system engineering, to develop skill in accomplishing realistic missions with autonomous vehicles and to foster relationships between young engineers and the organizations developing and producing autonomous vehicle technologies.




The mission this year was called “License to Dive,” where autonomous underwater vehicles were required to stop and interact with traffic lights, complete a parking task, practice driving and shifting, avoid speed traps, toss coins into a toll booth (firing torpedoes through a cutout) and deliver a pizza.




This is the third year in a row the Falcon Robotics team competed in this event, and the first time they qualified for the finals.  There was also an elementary home-school team competing, whose coach says was inspired to enter because of the past success of the Hayden students at this event.



Cornell University won the event, and universities from China and Russia finished in the top five, but Hayden made its presence felt.




“Everyone is so impressed that we are high school team and our students have been able to accomplish so much.   We are happy because we met all of our goals for the competition. We are raising the bar and people are taking notice of Falcon Robotics,” Coach Fredi Lajvardi said.