Carl Hayden Robotics Team Members Take Part in the 5th Annual White House Science Fair

Posted by Community Relations on 4/1/2015

Seniors Sergio Corral and Isela Martinez, the president and vice-president, respectively, of the Carl Hayden Robotics Team took part in the 5th annual White House Science Fair, March 23. President Obama welcomed over 100 young scientists and engineers from across the country to showcase their inventions, robots and other innovative projects. The Falcon Robotics team is well-known at the White House and across the country and was one of three robotics teams featured at the fair. A FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Hall of Fame team, the Falcons earned notoriety when they beat MIT and several other universities in an underwater robot competition that recently became the inspiration for a documentary, a motion picture and a book. Corral and Martinez appeared in the documentary, Underwater Dreams as current members. They were joined at the White House fair by alumnus Oscar Vasquez, who was one of the four students who beat MIT 10 years ago.
President Obama toured the science exhibits and addressed the students saying this is one of his favorite events, because “I walk out smarter than when I walked in.” He praised the students saying that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) will define the contours of our future, making the U.S. stronger, smarter and healthier. He mentioned the purposefulness of science, to solve problems, cure diseases and clean up the environment. He said America has always been a nation of inventors, tinkerers and builders, and this younger generation can continue that leadership.