Falcon Robotics Win FIRST Arizona Regional Competition

Posted by Community Relations Department on 4/3/2012

The Carl Hayden High School Robotics team won the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Arizona Regional Robotics competition, March 23-24 at Chandler’s Hamilton High School. It is the second consecutive year the Falcons Robotics team has won the Arizona Regional, which featured teams from Brazil, Mexico, Canada, New Mexico and Arizona.

The Falcons finished with a match record of 10-1 in qualifying rounds, the second-best record among the 50-team field, and moved into the elimination rounds where they formed an alliance with teams from Toronto, Canada and Seton Catholic High School of Chandler.  That alliance, playing a robotics version of basketball called “Rebound Rumble”, won two quarterfinal matches and two semifinal matches.  In the finals, the Falcons and its allies lost the first match before winning the final two matches over an alliance of teams from Flagstaff high schools, Scottsdale Saguaro and Glendale Cactus. The win propels the champions to the International FIRST Competition in St. Louis, April 25-28.

The Falcons were also rewarded with the Industrial Safety Award from Underwriters Laboratories for having the best run robot pit and the Innovation in Control Award by Motorola. Falcon team member John Rangel won the Dean's List award and is now in contention for the national award. 

The Falcons named this year’s robot, "Angelica's DREAM" to honor Angelica Hernandez, an alumna of the program, and is now a mechanical engineer after graduating as the Outstanding Engineering Student at ASU last year.  Hernandez has advocated for the DREAM Act, legislation would provide a path to legalization for undocumented students brought to this country as minors.