Innovation Fair!

This year, our team, 1923, the MidKnight Inventors, had another opportunity to volunteer and run several stations at the Innovation fair, run by the WWP Education Foundation. The Innovation Fair is a showcase of WWP’s diverse student population in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Our team had the chance to showcase our team, FIRST, and the importance of STEM to a younger generation of students in our community. We were able to run 10 stations at the fair, including FRC and FTC robot demos, as well as a robotic arm and EV3 programming stations. We had an amazing experience and hope to participate next year as well!  

World Championship Detroit!

From April 24th – 27th, Team 1923, The MidKnight Inventors traveled to Detroit, MI, to compete at the World Championship! Our team competed on the Darwin Division along with other top tier robots from around the world. We entered the Playoffs with the 5th seeded alliance: 16 Bomb Squad from Mountain Home, Arizona, 5084 FridgeBot from Corunna, Michigan, and 868 The TechHOUNDS from Carmel, Indiana. We left the Championship as Division Quarterfinalists.

St. Louis was our final major competition of the 2019 season, and it was an amazing experience. Our achievements this year as a team were truly remarkable, from winning the Excellence in Engineering Award at Montgomery, the Quality Award at Lehigh, and a huge congrats to one of our build directors, Aadil Makkar, for winning the Dean’s List Finalist award at Lehigh and our mentor, Sarath Jaladi, for receiving the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award nomination! We hope that 2020 will be an even stronger and more successful season, but until then, we will continue to work hard for our upcoming off-season events.

Lehigh Mid-Atlantic Regional Recap!

From April 3rd through the 6th, Team 1923, The MidKnight Inventors traveled to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Region District Championship. We ended the qualification rounds as the 4th seed and played up through the semifinals, along with alliance partners Team 222 Tigertrons and Team 1403 Cougar Robotics!

We were extremely excited to win the Quality Award and a huge congratulations goes to one of our build directors, Aadil Makkar, for winning the Dean’s List finalist award! Additionally we are extremely grateful for our students, mentors, and parents for making this trip possible. Our next competition is the FIRST Championship in Detroit, MI from April 24 – April 27, and will feature teams from around the world. We are extremely excited for this opportunity and we can’t wait to compete!

Montgomery District Recap!

On March 30th and 31st, The MidKnight Inventors competed at the Montgomery District Event hosted by Team 1403, Cougar Robotics. The first day of competition included 48 qualification matches and finished with an additional 26 on Sunday, after which we were seeded 10th overall. During alliance selection on Sunday, The MidKnight Inventors were welcomed by Team 41 The Robo Warriors, the alliance captain, alongside Team 6016 Tiger Robotics, to join the fifth seeded alliance.

Despite the rough start in the qualifying matches, The MidKnight Inventors came out as Quarterfinalists along with our alliance partners,  and received the Excellence in Engineering Award. In addition, we would like to congratulate both our mentor, Mr. Sarath Jaladi, with a Woodie Flowers Finalist Award nomination, and Aadil M, one of our Build Directors, as he advances as a Dean’s List Semi-Finalist to interview at the Mid-Atlantic Region District Championship! Finally, a huge thank you and congratulations goes out to our alliance partners, Team 41 and Team 6016 – we can hardly wait to compete with you next week at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship at Lehigh University!

Mount Olive District 2019!

The MidKnight Inventors competed at the Mount Olive District Event from March 8th to March 10th. At the end of 74 rigorous qualifications on Sunday, we seeded 5th out of 37 teams and were thrilled to captain the 4th alliance. During alliance selection, we were glad to invite Team 1257: Parallel Universe and Team 1768: RoboChiefs to join us!

Although Team 1923 was defeated by the 2nd seeded alliance, captained by Team 5992, we put up a valiant effort. We would like to congratulate Teams 2577, 222, and 6943 for finishing the Mt. Olive District event as champions.

The MidKnight Inventors took home the Innovation in Control award, which celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components. We were especially excited as this was a first for our team! We are excited to continue competing this season at our next competition from March 30th to March 31st at the Montgomery event!

Canned Food Drive

In an effort to give back to our community, for the past 3 years the Midknight Inventors have conducted a canned food drive in which we collected any types of canned goods in order to provide for the Trenton Soup Kitchen. We held this drive during our mock FRC kickoff where a large part of our team, including new team members and leadership, were able to donate these canned goods. Overall, we received 280 cans this year. We hope that these donations will be of great help to less-fortunate families in our community, and we hope to continue this spirit of giving through the rest of the year!

National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 2nd,  the West Windsor Police Department hosted an event called National Night Out in order to strengthen the bond between residents and the police force. Initially created as a method of crime prevention in 1984, the event allows local organizations as well as the fire and police departments to interact in a fun environment with food, music, and activities. The MidKnight Inventors were invited to West Windsor Community Park to demo our 2018 robot Blackout. Our MidKnight FTC teams also demoed their own robots, providing a wonderful outreach and fundraising opportunity for both teams.

More than five hundred people had the opportunity to interact with different robots, learn about our team, FIRST, and its message. Parents and students were excited to learn about the team and how they could get involved. Overall, the event was a great success in gaining support from the community and bringing exposure to the team.

Lehigh Mid-Atlantic Regional Recap

From April 4th through the 7th, Team 1923, The Midknight Inventors traveled to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Region District Championship. We ended the qualification rounds as 15th seed and played up until the quarterfinals, along with alliance partners Team 1640, Team 25, and Team 1089. A huge congratulations goes out the students, mentors, and parents for making this trip possible. Our next competition is the FIRST Championship in Detroit, MI from April 25 – April 28, and will feature teams from the around the world. We are extremely excited for this opportunity and we can’t wait to compete!

Bridgewater District Recap

After competing at Mount Olive with an exciting Industrial Award win, The MidKnight Inventors competed in the Bridgewater District Event, hosted by Team 303, T.E.S.T. on March 17th and 18th. We were ranked 2nd during qualification matches, going on to become the second seeded alliance captain during alliance selections. During alliance selections, we joined Team 2950, Nemesis, the first seeded captain, and Team 6860, Equitum Robotics.

During playoffs, our alliance started off strong in the quarterfinals, advancing to semifinals and later to finals. After one loss and one win, our alliance unfortunately lost in the tie-breaker match. We would like to thank our alliance partners, Team 2590 and Team 6860 – we had a great time working with you!

The MidKnight Inventors, and our alliance partners, ended Bridgewater Districts as Finalists. We are thrilled about winning the Chairman’s Award and look forward to competing at the Regional Championships! The MidKnight Inventors would also like to congratulate our amazing and hardworking 2018 Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Nominee, Mr. Brottman.

Mount Olive District Recap

The MidKnight Inventors competed at the Mount Olive District Event from March 9th to March 11th. At the end of 80 rigorous qualifications on Sunday, we seeded 3rd out of 40 teams and were thrilled to captain the 2nd alliance. During alliance selection, we were glad to invite Team 2016: The Mighty Monkey Wrenches and Team 6860: Equitum Robotics to join us!

Although Team 1923 was defeated by the 3rd seeded alliance, captained by Team 222, we put up a valiant effort. We would like to congratulate teams 303, 25, and 6203 for finishing the Mt. Olive District event as champions.

The MidKnight Inventors took home the Industrial Design Award, which celebrates form and function in an effectively designed robot. We are excited to continue competing this season at our next competition from March 16th to March 18th at the Bridgewater Event!