Governor General and Kinetic Knights share a common vision
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May 23, 2016


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Team 781 alumni, Mitchell Walker (centre) and Kush Joshi (right), speaking with Governor General David Johnston (left) about the team’s project to spread FIRST Robotics throughout the Bluewater region.

His Excellency David Johnston, the Governor General was in Owen Sound on May 20th meeting and speaking to grant recipients from the Community Foundation of Grey Bruce.

As one such recipient, FIRST Team 781 – The Kinetic Knights, was honoured to have the opportunity to both hear him speak and to share with him, their project to expand FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics throughout the Bluewater area. As they spoke, they realized how aligned their visions were, albeit the Governor General’s was for the whole nation and Team 781’s was more modestly for the local area.

“Imagine our country as it could be… a smart and caring nation, where all Canadians can succeed, contribute, and develop their talents to their fullest potential.” The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada said in his remarks to the gathered attendees.

The idea of “a smart and caring” community struck home with the Kinetic Knights, as the FIRST robotics program they are involved in, not only is about developing the technical problem solving skills to build robots, but also the value of gracious professionalism to build caring citizens. With this alignment in vision, the team is looking forward to playing their part to help achieve the Governor General’s goal for celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by being recognized as “a smart and caring nation”.

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Team 781 - the Kinetic Knights is a group of 30 high school aged students, based in Kincardine, who participate in a robotics program as part of FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Since 2002, they have worked hard to represent themselves, their donors and their community across the province and, for the last 6 years in a row, on the world stage at championships. Formerly based at KDSS, the team is now a 'community based' team with members from other schools as well as home schooled students. You can see their distinctive green shirts around the area giving back to the community.

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