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"Underwater Dreams": a story about the prize-winning Hayden robotics team

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A new movie is in theaters tonight. It's about four undocumented immigrants from Carl Hayden High School who beat out MIT and other universities in an underwater robotics competition in 2004.

The team won top prize, their story proof you can achieve big dreams wherever you're from.

"We beat MIT, the written work and presentations our kids in this neighborhood did beat out the top students at east coast colleges," said Dr. Allan Cameron.

The school's achievements are chronicled in a new movie called "Underwater Dreams" and it premieres at AMC's Arizona Center theater.

The four students, now adults, and school staff spoke at a press conference at AMC about their legacy at Carl Hayden High.

"This is a story about how our school ended up competing against MIT and winning," said Luis Aranda.

It's a legacy that inspires undocumented immigrants attending the school as well as students across the valley.

"Most dreamers have been living their lives being told they're not worthy of the American dream," said Dulce Matuz.

The movie shows how anyone can achieve success, no matter what a person's background is.

"The number one thing is, I think it says that you can find talent in the United States anywhere, no matter where you go, no matter what socio-economic status, no matter what demographic you choose, you can find success here," said Faridodin Lajvardi.

They say their inspiring story shows the importance of the DREAM act and the stem programs. So students of all types can compete with the best in the country.

"We're very proud of them, we're happy their story is finally making it to the movies after ten years, and we're hoping it inspires others from our neighborhood," said Cameron.
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