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Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship Recap!

On April 5th – 8th, The MidKnight Inventors competed at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship at Lehigh University. Team 1923 qualified for the district championship after winning both the Montgomery and Mount Olive district events. After a rigorous 120 qualification matches, the Inventors ranked 8th and were thrilled to be alliance captains. During alliance selection, we invited Team 25 Raider Robotics and Team 75 RoboRaiders to join us and form the eighth seeded alliance. We were very fortunate to form an alliance with these two teams, who led us to victory at the Montgomery District Event the weekend prior.

Unfortunately, Team 1923 was knocked out after our second quarterfinal match by the first seeded alliance. We would like to thank our amazing alliance partners, Teams 25 and 75, who helped us put up some great playoff matches. The MidKnight Inventors would also like to congratulate Teams 2590, 1807, and 3929 who left the regional competition as champions.

Despite missing the win at the Regional Championship, The MidKnight Inventors did not walk away empty handed. Because we were able to accrue enough district points, we qualified for the World Championship in St. Louis!  Team 1923 is ecstatic to participate in the highest level of competition in FRC, and we can’t wait to take part in more FIRST Steamworks at the end of April.

Our driver, operator, pilot and human player eagerly wait in queue for the next qualification match.

Montgomery District Event Recap!

On April 1st and 2nd, The MidKnight Inventors competed at the Montgomery District Event hosted by Team 1403, Cougar Robotics. The first day of competition included 54 qualification matches and finished with an additional 22 on Sunday, after which we ranked 34th in the event. During alliance selection on Sunday, The MidKnight Inventors were welcomed by Team 75 RoboRaiders, the alliance captain, and Team 25 Raider Robotix, to join the eighth seeded alliance.

Despite the rough start in the qualifying matches, The MidKnight Inventors came out as Montgomery District Champions along with our alliance partners,  and received the Entrepreneurship Award. In addition, we would like to congratulate our 2017 Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Nominee, Dr. Ruth Kamen; we are beyond proud of everything she has brought to this team since its founding. Finally,  a huge thank you and congratulations goes out to our alliance partners, Team 75 and Team 25 – we can hardly wait to compete with you next week at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship at Lehigh University!

Team 1923’s drive team poses with alliance partners 25 and 75

Hudson Valley Regional Recap!

After an exciting win at Mount Olive, The MidKnight Inventors traveled to the Hudson Valley Regional, March 24th – 26th in Suffern, New York. After 80 demanding qualification matches on the first day of competition, Team 1923 ranked as the 7th seed out of 48 teams. As alliance captains, we were thrilled to invite Team 2875 The Cyber Hawks and Team 6300 Northwood School Robotics to join us as part of the sixth seeded alliance.

During playoffs, The MidKnight Inventors started off strong by winning our first match, but unfortunately ended the day after a tie breaker quarterfinals match. We would like to thank our alliance partners for their amazing performance on the field, and congratulate the 8th seeded alliance – Team 2601, Team 369, and Team 639 – for coming out on top as Hudson Valley Regional Champions. Up next is the Montgomery District Event this Saturday; we are extremely excited to compete at our second district event of the season and hopefully qualify for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on April 5th!

Mt. Olive District Event 2017 Recap!

On Saturday March 11th, The MidKnight Inventors traveled to Flanders, New Jersey to start off our 2017 FIRST Steamworks season and compete in the Mt. Olive District Event hosted by Team 11, MORT & Team 193, MORT Beta.

The competition started off with qualification matches on Saturday, where we ranked 23rd leading up to alliance selection and play offs on Sunday. The MidKnight Inventors were invited by Team 25 Raider Robotix, the alliance captain, and 303 The TEST Team to join the the 2nd seeded alliance.

By the end of the event, The MidKnight Inventors finished as Mount Olive District Event Champions, along with our alliance partners, and took home the Excellence in Engineering Award – a celebration of all the developments we have been able to make as a team with our new engineering lab. We are elated to start off the 2017 season strong and are even more excited to compete at the Hudson Valley Regional, as well as our next district event at Montgomery in the coming weeks!

FTC State Championship

On Sunday February 26th, The MidKnight Inventors hosted The Garden State Rumble; New Jersey’s FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship. 48 teams came out to compete in this year’s game: Velocity Vortex. The teams competed in the championship at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, home of The MidKnight Inventors (and our FTC teams, The MidKnight Magic & MidKnight Magic Too!). The MidKnight Inventors were very impressed with the level of competition that they witnessed and look forward to continuing to host FTC events. We would like to congratulate The MidKnight Magic Too! for captaining the winning alliance and Shalin Mehta of The MidKnight Magic for winning Dean’s List as one of 3 NJ Finalists.

Additionally, Team 1923 demoed their 2017 FRC Steamworks robot to FTC students from competing teams, parents, and other attendees that expressed interest. All in all, Team 1923 is proud to be the first high school to host a FIRST Tech Challenge state championship and would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make the event the success that it was.

Engineering Lab Ribbon Cutting

On Tuesday, January 10th, members of the WW-P School Board, Principals from both high schools, and Dr. Aderhold, our district superintendent, joined The MidKnight Inventors at the ribbon-cutting for Team 1923’s new work space.
Our brand-new Engineering Lab was funded by the district and has a substantial amount of space, compared to previous years at the Millstone River trailers. The space includes 5 separate work tables, power tools, and new machinery equipped to help us through build season. In addition, The MidKnight Inventors have fundraised to purchase a new CNC router as well as a lathe in order to expand our manufacturing capabilities and give more students hands-on experiences in STEM education. This was a great way to start off the 2017 build season, and we are ecstatic to get to work in our team’s permanent new home!

Warm Clothing and Food Drive

As an effort to give back to the community, the MidKnight Inventors conducted a warm clothing and food drive for students in New Brunswick. Throughout the past few weeks, we collected canned goods, extra coats and jackets, and cash contributions for the business team to go shopping for further donations.
200 pounds of food and 400 pounds of clothes were collected and delivered to the schools, where the teachers are currently sorting through the bags and inviting students and parents. We hope the donations will help these families through the winter, and we will continue to do more charitable work in the future!

Minion Mayhem

Last Saturday, November 19th, the MidKnight Inventors hosted the New Jersey FLL state qualifier, Minion Mayhem. Over 26 teams came to WW-P High School South to compete in this year’s FLL game. The teams showed superb ingenuity and research prowess through this Animal Allies themed game. Not only did the students participating have fun, but also the spectators who wanted to be a part of FIRST.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped put the event together, and a huge thank you goes to the judges and other volunteers from the community. The MidKnight Inventors were truly impressed by the level of competition and gracious professionalism displayed by all of the teams. We would also like to congratulate the five teams who qualified for states, and we wish them luck at their next competition.

NRG Robotics Football Showcase

Team 1923, The MidKnight Inventors, is excited to announce that we been chosen to participate in the FIRST Robotics Football Showcase presented by NRG. The event’s competitors include our own team,  along with One T.U.F.F. Team (Team 203 – Sicklerville, NJ), TechFire (Team 225 – York, PA) and the Firebirds (Team 433 – Flourtown, PA). It is an honor for our team to have been selected from more than 100 teams from NJ and PA to participate in this football skills competition. Each team has approximately 4 weeks to fabricate a robot to complete football challenges including an Accuracy throwing Challenge,a Long-Distance Throw, a Kickoff Challenge and an Agility Course. The competition will take place on December 6, 2016 in the Philadelphia Eagles’ Novacare Complex in Philadelphia, PA. We are beyond ecstatic for the opportunity and can’t wait to showcase our robot to the Philadelphia Eagles!

Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair

On Saturday, October 22nd, the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab hosted their Science and Technology Merit Badge Fair. More than 250 Boy Scouts from troops across New Jersey and Pennsylvania gathered together to take part in hands-on activities to earn badges in robotics, chemistry, and even fire safety! The MidKnight Inventors were in charge of handling the Robotics Merit Badge from start to finish. Leading up to the fair, MidKnight Inventors worked on building a maze and organizing legos in order for the Boy Scouts to build a Mindstorms EV3 robot. Students from The MidKnight Inventors gave presentations to the Boy Scouts on robotics and how it applies to education and the real world. Then, the Boy Scouts worked in small teams to build and program the robots in order to navigate the maze. Throughout the day, the Boy Scouts learned the fundamentals of EV3 Build & Programming while earning their robotics badges. We’re proud to be a part of the PPPL Merit Badge Fair and have enjoyed the annual opportunity to reach out to the younger community. We hope we’ll see these Boy Scouts on one of our FIRST teams soon!