Carl Hayden Robotics Competed in FIRST International Competition

Posted by Community Relations Department on 5/9/2012 12:00:00 PM

The Hayden Robotics team, winners in the Arizona Regionals, finished 45th out of 100 teams in the International FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in St. Louis, April 25-28.  Individually, Falcon team member John Rangel was named to the Dean’s List, one of only 10 of 2000 nominees.
“We earned this ranking despite the fact that we were one of the top individual scoring robots in the division. Our weakness was in not earning enough “coopertition” points, a point system that rewards opposing alliances for working together to balance on the middle ramp at the end of the game,”  coach Fredi Lajvardi said. “We were in a position to achieve this, but several of the opposing teams were either not capable or chose not to cooperate for strategic reasons.”

The Falcon robot’s namesake, Angelica Hernandez, a former robotics team member, who graduated from ASU as the Outstanding Engineering Student last year, travelled to St. Louis to watch “Angelica’s Dream” battle.   Dulce Matuz, a former Falcon recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year, was also at the event.  She was interviewed at a show for “elite” donors to FIRST, explaining how FIRST Robotics changed her life.


The Falcons now gear up for an underwater event they host in June, and a RoboSub competition in San Diego in July.