The Amador Valley High School Robotics Club was founded in 1999 by an intrepid group of students with a passion for robotics. These students decided to enter the International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition, a competition in which only colleges competed. Despite this, with their ingenuity and dedication, they placed 6th at the 2000 competition with their AUV Hammerhead, above several of the nation’s most prestigious colleges.
After this momentous first step, the club continued to improve upon its designs and algorithms for their second generation sub, the Manta Ray. At the 2001 competition, we placed second only to MIT! This well-deserved victory showed that a group of high school students with dedication could do better than college students with more funds and resources.
Barracuda was a 14 year project entered into every RoboSub competition from 2002 to 2015. Team members expanded and improved upon Barracuda from year to year. At RoboSub 2015, Barracuda achieved the best performance of the week and placed 7th overall!
Our team is now larger and more experienced than ever before, with thirty-eight members combining for over 50 years of RoboSub experience. We recently established a business division to focus on community outreach and fundraising.
Other things haven’t changed. The group still meets with Harvest Park Middle School students to teach robotics and computer programming, demonstrates our submarine to the general public at the Alameda County Fair, and offers lectures on mechanical, electrical, and software concepts open to all Amador Valley High School students. Every step, from development to manufacturing, is handled by our members with no help from technical advisors.
This year, we are excited to be developing Marlin, an all new submarine to compete at RoboSub 2016. We aspire to uphold the legacy of engineering excellence set as the AVBotz standard 16 years ago.