As you probably heard, and if not, now you are, Carl Hayden won again the regional competition here in Arizona in March 2012. As you know, Carl Hayden is in the Phoenix inner city, mostly Latino, English Learning, immigrant environment, low income.
In spite of that (or maybe because of that, the Lord acts in mysterious ways) they have been able to be one of the most competitive teams in Arizona, they have a yearlong program on robotics, mentor the community so that more minority young people (and females) stay in school and go on to college, mainly into engineering.
This year there were 50 teams participating, from Arizona, New Mexico, California, Canada (1), Mexico (1) and Brazil (1)
If you have any questions or want to help/donate to the team, feel free to contact Fredi, the coach, directly or me and I will help you make contact with him.
Below are some highlights about their great accomplishments just this year :
Carl Hayden won the final rounds and also won the Industrial Safety Award from Underwriters Laboratories for having the best run pit and the Innovation in Control Award by Motorola.... and wait! John Rangel (programmer) won the Dean's List award and is now in contention for the national award.
Videos of the Final matches:
Frank Nuperger, a mentor of the Falcon Robotics Team was interviewed on PBS Horizon. It is a very good interview, he gives a good overview of the purpose of the competition.
He mentioned Highland High, but that school is in a different competition
The other team from Arizona, besides Carl Hayden going to the FRC is Seton Catholic (the partner with Carl Hayden in the finals)
Pictures from the event http://bit.ly/googlePics
In case you did not know or remember, last year CNN followed them during the build season, see them in actions: http://bit.ly/Dontfailme
Wait, you thought that remote control robots was all they did? Nah, they are preparing for the AUVSI this summer (underwater autonomous competition) in San Diego. Here is the 2012 robot so far.
If you have any expertise in Linux, python and C++ contact Fredi as they can use some software assistance.
NBC 12 News did a story on the team. Thanks to Jim St. Leger (@intel_jim) for posting the video.
Below is the report from Fredi Lajvardi, team coach.
From: Faridodin Lajvardi [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2012 10:29 AM
The Falcon Robotics Team of Carl Hayden High School with their robot Angelica's DREAM, named after the Valedictorian ASU Mechanical Engineering student Angelica Hernandez who has recently been accepted to Stanford University with a fellowship, won the FIRST Robotics Arizona Regional! The event was held at Hamilton HS in Chandler.
The team had 10 wins 1 loss in the qualifying rounds and was ranked number 2 behind Team 610 the Coyotes from Toronto, Canada who was 11 and 0.
During Alliance selection team 610 selected us, and through our scouting data we determined that team 1212 from Seton Catholic School of Chandler would make a great alliance.
So off we went into the finals. Quarter final match scores were 36 to 12 and 37 to 15 with our alliance moving on to the semifinals. Semifinal scores were 69 to 22 and 54 to 32 and that advanced us to the finals. There appeared to be a field management system failure that caused our robot to crash into the opposing alliance ramp and we remained there for the remainder of the match. As a result of this significant and potentially disastrous mishap, we incurred a huge amount of penalties and thus we lost the match. The Falcon pit team quickly inspected the robot for damage and found little. They patched Angelica back up and she was ready to go. In the two subsequent matches we scored 67 to 50 and 61 to 44 and were victorious! We helped team 610 to win their first Regional Championship in ten years and team 1212 their first Regional victory ever! The International championship competition will take place from April 25th to the 28th in St, Loius, MO.
But that's not all. The Falcons also won the Industrial Safety Award from Underwriters Laboratories for having the best run pit and the Innovation in Control Award by Motorola.... and wait! John Rangel won the Dean's List award and is now in contention for the national award.
All in all it was a great Regional competition for Falcon Robotics! All of this success would not have happened if not for the help of the many mentors and sponsors