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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. 

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):

  • North America Venue - Date and Venue to be announced.
  • Asia Pacific Venue - Date and Venue to be announced.

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.

2018 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC): June 1-4, 2018. 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. 

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

Student Eligibility:

Middle School, High School, Undergraduate, Graduate

Students design and build autonomous robotic submarines that 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. 

RoboSub is geared toward students at the collegiate level, simply based on the level of difficulty, but is open to students of any age. Your team will be required to design and build a vehicle from scratch, write a technical paper, make a presentation before a panel of judges, create a short video, and develop a website that documents your progress.

2018 International RoboSub Competition: July 30 - August 5, 2018. SSC Pacific TRANSDEC, San Diego, California, USA.

Student Eligibility:

Middle School, 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.


2018 Maritime RobotX Challenge

December 8-15, 2018, Sand Island Boat Launch, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Registration is open

The Preliminary Rules & Tasks are out now! We need your feedback to create the best experience for the upcoming Challenge, so join the conversation today!


2017 Maritime RobotX Forum

Find out the answers to all your RobotX questions straight from the land down under - recorded sessions available NOW!


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.

2018 International SeaPerch Challenge: June 1-3, 2018. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA

Student Eligibility:

Middle School, High School