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Student Competition Overview

Real Robotics

Each year the AUVSI Foundation’s RoboNation offers a series of educational programs and robotics competitions that allow students to apply their STEM education outside the classroom.

The experience is so effective at preparing students for entering the workforce that participants are often awarded coveted internship and employment opportunities while still in school.

To learn more about sponsoring or recruiting at any or all of these events, please contact Andrea Ansell at ansell@auvsifoundation.org.

Competitions

Air Competitions

Students research, design, integrate, and demonstrate an unmanned aerial system capable of autonomous flight and navigation, remote imaging and communication, and execution of a specific set of tasks including Sense, Detect and Avoid of stationary and moving obstacles.

Student Eligibility:

High School, Undergraduate, Graduate

The longest-running collegiate aerial robotics challenge in the world, IARC advances state-of-the-art in autonomous aerial robotic behavior through international teams creating fully autonomous flying robots that demonstrate behaviors never before demonstrated while completing missions with real world applications

Student Eligibility:

Undergraduate, Graduate

Land Competitions

Undergrad and graduate students compete to design, power and construct an intelligent ground vehicle that can follow lanes, detect obstacles, and follow waypoint navigation. The team competition teaches electrical, mechanical and computer science engineering, and awards monetary prizes.

Student Eligibility:

Undergraduate, Graduate

Maritime Competitions

Student teams design autonomous, robotic boats to navigate and race through an aquatic obstacle course. The behaviors demonstrated by these boats mimic tasks that are being developed for coastal surveillance, port security and other types of oceanographic operations.

Student Eligibility:

Middle School, High School, Undergraduate, Graduate

Student-designed-and-built autonomous robotic submarines must complete a difficult series of visual- and acoustic-based tasks in this popular international competition.  These tasks simulate the work required of robotic subs in many facets of underwater activity.

Student Eligibility:

Middle School, High School, Undergraduate, Graduate

This specialized Pacific Rim-oriented event boosts student interest in maritime autonomous robotics systems. RobotX is an international team competition uniquely designed to evolve into a multi-platform competition to include maritime, aerial and submersible tasks to broaden students’ exposure to broad applications and technologies.

Student Eligibility:

Undergraduate, Graduate

After following the curriculum to create an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) from the SeaPerch kit, student teams earn the right to compete nationally by winning their local and regional SeaPerch Challenges. These teams will gather to test what they have learned by putting their SeaPerch ROVs through a series of underwater challenges, and will showcase their design in a juried poster competition. 

Student Eligibility:

Middle School, High School