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Real Robotics

Each year 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.

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Team Resources and Discounts

RoboNation student team benefits include access to discounted/complimentary materials including software such as MATLAB and CAD.  For more information visit Team Resources and Discounts.

Industry Support

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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. 

2018 Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition (SUAS): June 13-16, 2018. Webster Field, Patuxent River, Maryland.

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. 

2018 International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC):

  • American Venue: July 31 - August 2, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Asia Pacific Venue: August 3 - August 5, 2018 in Beijing, China

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.

27th Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC): June 7-10, 2019. Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA.

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. 

2020 International RoboBoat Competition: June 22-28, 2020 Registration coming soon!

Student Eligibility:

High School, Undergraduate, Graduate

RoboSub is an exciting underwater robotics program in which teams of high school and college students from around the world design and build an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). These vehicles are designed to autonomously navigate through a series of tasks. These tasks mimic ongoing research in Autonomous Underwater Systems. 

2020 International RoboSub Competition: Details Coming Soon!

>>>Watch the 2019 Finals!<<<

Student Eligibility:

High School, Undergraduate, Graduate

Advancements in autonomous vehicle technology across all domains - air, land, and water - are moving fast in public and private sectors, including academia through research and competitions. In support of these advancements, the Maritime RobotX Challenge was created.  RobotX is RoboNation’s most complex robotic competition to-date. A new element of RobotX is the creation of the RobotX Forum, intended to be an interactive gathering with presentations from academia, senior officials, and industry leaders involved in the development and use of autonomous maritime systems.

For more information about RobotX, visit the RobotX website.


Student Eligibility:

High School, 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 internationally 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 engineering notebook competition.

2019 SeaPerch Challenge: First weekend of June 2019 | Washington D.C. Area

Student Eligibility:

Elementary School, Middle School, High School