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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.

Watch RoboNation teams in action.  Visit Competition Videos.


Find out what RoboNation Events are coming up on Calendar of Events.

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

To learn more about sponsoring student competitions and other ways to support visit Ways to Support or contact Janelle Curtis at



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. 

2017 Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition (SUAS): June 14-17, 2017. Webster Field, Patuxent River, MD.

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. 

2017 International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC):

  • North America Venue - July 25-27, 2017. Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Asia Pacific Venue - August 25-27, 2017. Beihang University Gymnasium, Beijing, People’s Republic of 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.

2017 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC): June 2-5, 2017. Oakland University, Rochester, MI.

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. 

2018 International RoboBoat Competition: June 18-24, 2018. Reed Canal Park, South Daytona, FL.

Student Eligibility:

Middle School, High School, Undergraduate, Graduate

Celebrating 20 Years!  Student-designed-and-built autonomous robotic submarines must complete a difficult series of visual- and acoustic-based tasks in this international competition. These tasks simulate the work required of robotic subs in many facets of underwater activity. 

2017 International RoboSub Competition: July 24-30, 2017. SSC Pacific TRANSDEC, San Diego, CA. 


Student Eligibility:

Middle School, High School, Undergraduate, Graduate

The Maritime RobotX Challenge 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 robotics applications and technologies. 

NEW 2017 International Maritime RobotX Workshop:  More info coming soon!

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 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.

2017 National SeaPerch Challenge: May 19-20, 2017. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) McAuley Aquatics Center

Student Eligibility:

Middle School, High School