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Kinetic Knights are division semi-finalists at FIRST world championships
By David Dadson

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The Kinetic Knights robotics team's human player Nikhil Deshpande (in green shirt) watches as FRC Team 781's robot gets ready to fire two balls in autonomous mode during a match at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) world championships, held April 24-26 in St. Louis, Missouri
photos and videos by David Dadson



The Kinetic Knights robot in action during qualifiers at the world championships



Don Bossi (L), president of FIRST, founder Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers welcome the teams to the FIRST world championships during the opening ceremonies



Team 781's robot in action at the world championships



A view of the Edward Jones Dome, where the FIRST championships are held, from the Gateway Arch, in St. Louis, Missouri

The Kinetic Knights robotics (FRC Team 781) of Kincardine ended the season as division semi-finalists at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) world championships, held April 24-26, in St. Louis, Missouri.

The team was 43rd after competing in 10 matches in the qualifying rounds, at Archimedes Field, in the "Aerial Assist" challenge, ending with a record of six wins and four losses.

For the elimination rounds, the Kinetic Knights were selected as the fourth team in Alliance 8, joining Teams 51, 2485 and 1918.

Alliance 8 defeated Alliance 1 in the quarter-finals, making it to the semi-finals where it was eliminated by Alliance 5.

The Kinetic Knights travelled to St. Louis on the Tuesday night, April 22, and enjoyed some sight-seeing Wednesday, April 23, including the Gateway Arch, before heading to the Edwards Jones Dome for the competition.

Gregory Reid (R) of the Kinetic Knights gets some clarification from the head referee following a match

Aaron Gordon (second to left) of the Kinetic Knights accepts the invitation to join Alliance 8

Banners on the streetlight welcomes FRC teams to the FIRST 2014 championship in St. Louis, Missouri



The Kinetic Knights robot in action at the world championships in St. Louis, Missouri



Team 781 drive team members Luke Splettstoesser (back), Nikhil Deshpande (L) and Gregory Reid bring the robot onto the field for a match


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