Kinetic Knights ready to show off new robot at open house
this Saturday

By Shannon McCarter


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Kinetic Knights Luke Splettstoesser (in front), Mathew Strader (L), Bradley Reid and Chris Pierce and mentor Barry Collins finish up the work on the their robot just before packing it away at midnight Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Lake Huron Learning Centre, Kincardine
photos by David Dadson

The Kinetic Knights, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 781, has completed its robot and is ready to unveil it to the public at an open house Saturday, March 1, 3-5 p.m., at the Lake Huron Learning Centre, 385 Queen Street, Kincardine.

The robotics team spent six weeks, from Jan. 4 to Feb. 18, designing and building the robot which will compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) challenge, "Aerial Assist."

The challenge consists of robots from multiple teams working together in order to score as many goals as possible. Each two-minute and 30-second match begins with a 10-second autonomous period in which the robot acts independently of human manipulation. Points are calculated by the number of goals and assists that each alliance, compiled of three teams, completes.

"The open house is an opportunity to thank our supporters and give them a sneak peek at what they have contributed to," said administration captain Kush Joshi. "Revealing our robot is our way of displaying all the efforts the community has put into the team and for us. It's only a small token of our immense appreciation."

To learn more about the team, click here.


Kinetic Knights mentor Paul Watterworth (R) works with Brady Masur, a member of the robotics team, putting together the lower goal

Brady Masur (L) and Alex Pierce of the Kinetic Knights prototype one of the shooters for the robot

The Kinetic Knights robot is complete and ready to be unveiled to the public at an open house Saturday, March 1, 3-5 p.m., at the Lake Huron Learning Centre

Working on the lathe, during the build period in January, are Gregory Reid (L) and mentor Barry Collins of the Kinetic Knights robotics team

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