Carl Hayden Robotics Wins Arizona FIRST Robotics Again

Posted by Community Relations Department on 4/1/2014

The Carl Hayden Falcon Roboticsteam did it again, winning the Arizona FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognitionof Science and Technology) Regional for the fourth consecutive year, March20-22, at Hamilton High School in Chandler. 


The Falcons joined forces with Flagstaff Coconino and Mesa Red Mountain High Schools for an alliance that went undefeated through two quarterfinal, two semifinal and two finals matches.  The Red Alliance beat the Blue Alliance of Kingman, Sierra Vista Buena and Yuma High Schools, 225-101 and 301-180 in the championship matches Saturday.  The Falcons will next compete with over 400 teams at the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, April 23-26.




This year’s game is Aerial Assist, played by two Alliances of three teams each. Alliances compete by trying to score as many balls in goals during a 2:30-minute match. Additional points are earned by robots working together to score goals, and by throwing and catching balls over a truss suspended five feet above the floor as they move the ball down the field.




The Carl Hayden robot scored early and often at regionals.  In the first ten seconds of each match during the autonomous period when the robot is pre-programed without the help of a driver, its robot’s scoring was practically automatic, giving the Falcons early leads in every match.  They were the highest autonomous scoring team at the event.




The Falcons team was made up of 20 students, including three on the competition floor, six scouting other teams and others working in the pits, and performing other duties, including the design, construction and programming of the robot.




The Falcons also earned other honors, winning the Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award, and senior Diserae Sanders was the FIRST Dean’s List #1 Finalist.  She was chosen by the judges based on her personal statement, test scores, college admission and recommendations, and her efforts in pushing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) forward.  She will be attending ASU for engineering next year.




The Falcons, teaming with randomly selected teams, finished 7-3 in qualifying prelim matches and were 10th in the standings.  They were chosen by the top seed, Coconino, to form the winning three-team alliance.