Falcon Robotics - Carl Hayden High

We are the Falcon Robotics Team from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix Arizona. As an after-school organization, our goal is to help our students achieve the necessary skills to be successful and achieve any career goal they desire. The team is not funded through school, state, or federal funds. Falcon Robotics operates solely on donations. Through our participation in both land and underwater robotics competitions, student members are able to apply the math and science skills learned in class, as well as develop new problem solving skills that are applicable to everyday life. With the help of our robots, we also spread the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to our neighboring community.
As a competitive team we participate in For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology (FIRST) at the high school level. Our competitive land-robot has competed in, and won, the Arizona Region competition for the past four consecutive years. We also compete in underwater robot competitions. In 2004 our team entered a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) competition named MATE. We competed in the University class and ended up winning--beating MIT and other top rated colleges and universities. We went on and competed in that competition for two additional years finishing third and second. At that time we set our focus on spreading the competition base by starting our own underwater ROV competition named National Underwater Robotics Challenge (NURC). In NURC we have various levels of competitors ranging from the elementary school division to the Adult/Professional Division. We feel that this is a good opportunity for children to learn from adults and also allow adults to mentor/teach children We call this vertical articulation. Falcon Robotics has recently entered a new challenge-Association For Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) ROBO Sub. In this competition we compete with universities around the world in an underwater autonomous environment. The teams have included, US Naval Academy, and Cornell as well as teams from Iceland, Canada, India, Russia, and China. We also continue in our efforts to change the culture of our school's surrounding environment. We mentor elementary schools in the FIRST Lego League competition. Students in grades 4-8 compete in FIRST Lego. Our team started FIRST Lego League competitions within the state 12 years ago and still operate a regional competition.