Carl Hayden Robotics Travels to FIRST Robotics National Competition
Posted by Community Relations Department at 4/23/2014
The Carl Hayden Robotics team is on its way to St. Louis for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) International Robotics competition, Aril 23-26. The event features 400 high school teams from around the world. Hayden is coming off its fourth-consecutive Arizona Regional championship in March, teaming with Flagstaff Coconino and Mesa Mountain View for the win. They have won the International Chairman’s Trophy at this event, but never the robotics competition.
“This is the best position robot technologically, going into championship…our scores have been in top 10 in world,” Coach Fredi Lajvardi said. We could make it all the way to the finals and play on the Einstein Field. A lot depends on who we randomly draw as alliance teammates in the qualifying rounds. The top 100 teams get to go to the Einstein Field for the finals.”
The Falcons will be a team to watch for another reason. The documentary on the successful team, and their remarkable win over MIT and other collegiate teams 10 years ago at an underwater robotics competition, will premiere for the 8,000 competitors. Entitled “Underwater Dreams,” it retells the story of four boys and a robot named “Stinky,” and what has happened to them, and the Robotics program in the 10 years since.