Kinetic Knights robotics team
off to world championships
for fourth year in a row

By Shannon McCarter


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This "selfie" won the Kinetic Knights robotics team of Kincardine an honourable mention at the FIRST Windsor regional; Brendan Rogers and Robert Colquhoun of the Kinetic Knights superimposed the faces of various FIRST figures onto the "selfie" that Ellen DeGeneres took at the Oscars
photos and video courtesy of Shannon McCarter

The Kinetic Knights' Chairman's Video

The Kinetic Knights robotics team leaves Tuesday night for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) world championships in St. Louis, Missouri, April 24-26.

This is the fourth year in a row that Team 781 has made it to the worlds.

For the second consecutive year, the Kinetic Knights qualified for the world championships after winning the Chairman's Award at the Toronto East regional in Oshawa.

For details on that regional, read the article below:

Technology with Video Kinetic Knights robotics team wins Chairman's Award at GTR East regional  Read More

Team 781 also competed at Waterloo, winning the Entrepreneurship Award and the Industrial Safety Award. For details, read the article below:

Technology with Video Kinetic Knights bring home awards from Waterloo regional  Read More

At the Windsor regional, Team 781 on the Judges Award. For details, read the article below:

Technology and Video Kinetic Knights win Judges Award at Windsor robotics regional  Read More

The Kinetic Knights have been steadily preparing for worlds where the team is eligible to compete with their robot, present the Chairman’s Award, and Dean's List Award.

"The biggest award that we are in the running for is the Chairman's Award," said awards lead Alex Pagnan. "We're really excited to have the opportunity to present our team for this award for the second year in a row, and in the team's history. We're excited to give it our all as representatives of not only our team, but our community and Canada." 

As for the robot?

"We're manufacturing lighter parts that we will add onto the robot during the practice day,” said build captain Luke Splettstoesser. “We're also simulating game play, where we have a previous year’s robot as a defender and we try to score. This allows us to be more prepared for what might be thrown at us in the heat of competition.”

To learn more about the team, visit www.team781.com


The Kinetic Knights (Team 781) have nominated this photo of Chris Pierce as RoboProm King 2014

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