Kinetic Knights bring home awards from Waterloo regional
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Members of the Kinetic Knights, Team 781, of Kincardine, gather around Sarah Shortreed (C), vice-president and chief information officer with Bruce Power, the team's major sponsor, at the FIRST Waterloo regional, on the weekend
photos and videos by David Dadson
The Kinetic Knights robot in action
Team 781's robot shoots and scores in a match at the FIRST Waterloo regional on the weekend
The Kinetic Knights robot in competition
The Kinetic Knights share "high-fives" with the judges after receiving the Entrepreneurship Award for their business plan; the team also won the Industrial Safety Award, at the FIRST Waterloo regional on the weekend
Team 781 shows some team spirit at the Waterloo regional
Team 781 and their supporters watch the robots compete at the FIRST Waterloo regional
The Kinetic Knights, Team 781, of Kincardine made it to the quarter-finals at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Waterloo regional on the weekend, and brought home a couple of trophies.
The first was the Entrepreneurship Award for the team's business plan, and the second was the Industrial Safety Award.
The team's robot played superb in the challenge, "Aerial Assist" against a field of 30 teams, and ended up in seventh place after playing 13 qualifying matches.
As the captain for Alliance 5, Team 781 chose Team 4678, the CyberCavs of Breslau, and Team 5033, Beavertronics of Dorchester, to join it for the elimination rounds.
In the quarter-finals, Alliance 5 faced Alliance 4, and suffered a couple of tough losses, with Alliance 4 advancing to the semi-finals.
The Kinetic Knights are off to the Windsor regional April 3-5, and then have qualified for the world championships in St. Louis, Missouri, April 24-26.
Also, at the Waterloo regional, Bruce Power announced a donation of $50,000 for this year and another $50,000 each for the next two years, as a major sponsor of FIRST Canada.
Sarah Shortreed (L), vice-president and chief information officer with Bruce Power, presents a cheque for $50,000 to Mark Breadner, executive director of FIRST Canada
Team 781, the Kinetic Knights robot, battles its opponents so it can clear a path to shoot the ball in "Aerial Assist," at the FIRST Waterloo regional on the weekend
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