Kinetic Knights win Judges Award at Windsor robotics regional
By David Dadson



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The Kinetic Knights robotics team of Kincardine at the Windsor regional April 4-5
photo courtesy of FIRST Robotics

Pit crew members Kinsey Collins (L), Nikhil Deshpande, Aaron Gordon, Gregory Reid and Mathew Strader, make some changes to their robot before the opening matches at the Windsor regional

The Kinetic Knights robot in action at the FIRST Windsor regional

Team 781 (C) in the pit area at the Windsor regional

Team 781's robot competes with Alliance No. 4 in the quarter-finals at the FIRST Windsor regional

The Kinetic Knights, FRC Team 781, has another trophy to add to the shelf at the Lake Huron Learning Centre in Kincardine, after winning the Judges Award at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Windsor Essex regional April 4-5.

The Kincardine robotics team arrived at the regional with a number of changes to make to its robot, which the pit crew managed before the first match Friday morning (April 4).

The robot performed well in the "Aerial Assist" challenge, finishing 22nd out of 40 teams, after a day-and-a-half of qualifying matches.

The Kinetic Knights were chosen as a first-round pick to join Alliance No. 4 to compete in the elimination rounds. The Alliance put in a good effort but was eliminated in the first round.

Team 781 received the Judges Award which goes to a team whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition.

As of Thursday (April 10), the team's robot was headed for St. Louis, Missouri, where the team will join it to compete at the FIRST world championships. 

Team 781 qualified for the worlds when it took the Chairman's Award at the Greater Toronto East regional in Oshawa, March 7-8.

In St. Louis, they will be joined in competition by approximately 400 FRC teams. Team 781 will also be in the running for the championship Chairman's Award.

In addition, Darby Watterworth of Team 781 is competing for the championship Dean's List award.


The Kinetic Knights drive team, Luke Splettstoesser (L), Gregory Reid and Nikhil Deshpande, inspect the Team 781 robot after it was tipped over during a match

The Kinetic Knights (Team 781) robot in action at the Windsor regional April 4-5

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