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!
This Saturday marks the last session of tool certification for students on our two FTC teams, The MidKnight Magic (Team 9042) and The MidKnight Magic Too (Team 9927). FTC tool certification is a series of build sessions in which students are given a CAD drawing of a part and instructed by FRC student mentors in the construction of said part.
This year, students mounted polyethylene blocks with bearing holes onto a piece of Lexan; in the process, they learned how to use basic hand tools like rulers and deburrers as well as power tools like cordless drills, the drill press, jigsaw, and bandsaw. The students were also taught basic safety procedures to prevent accidents and injuries in our build site. The CAD drawings used in the exercise can be found in the ‘Resources’ section. We hope to repeat the success of these certifications with our FRC students and continue to incorporate hands-on sessions within MidKnight University (our introductory program for new students) in the fall.
Our off-season competition was hosted at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, and over 30 teams competed in one more round of the 2015 FRC game, Recycle Rush. The event ran very smoothly and we hope everyone had a blast! Many thanks go out to all the sponsors and volunteers who helped make this event possible. Special thanks to Team 869: Powercord who helped us set up and take down the field, and even brought dinner on the setup night – without all their help the weekend would not have been possible. Overall, MidKnight Mayhem III was a fun and exciting event and we hope to see all the teams back next year for MidKnight Mayhem IV!
The MidKnight Inventors were also invited in July to attend the Indiana Robotics Invitational (aka IRI). Only 72 teams are invited to this prestigious post-season, and we made quite a few robot changes to prepare for it. We were proud to make it out there, and our robot performed even better than before. More importantly, we got a chance to compete & learn from some of the best teams in FIRST from other regions – and we brought home a lot of lessons to share with our teammates!
Speaking of lessons to learn, we’ve put our summer & fall education programs back into full swing. We’ve held CAD and Java classes for FRC & FTC students, and have updated and prepared new MidKnight U presentations for the new recruits to the team. We’ll be posting those alongside last year’s in our Resources section.
We are very excited for the upcoming school year, and can’t wait to share our progress with you.
Sad news to share today from The MidKnight Inventors. One of our students has passed away. Today we mourn the loss of our beloved teammate and leader, Aditya Srinivasan. We will always remember his dedication, his enthusiasm & his bright spirit.
Once a MidKnight Inventor, always a MidKnight Inventor.
All our love to Aditya’s family at this difficult time.
What a weekend! The 10th season for The MidKnight Inventors comes to a close with an amazing performance at the Championship.
We were sorted into the Curie division, alongside top-tier teams whose programs we’ve looked up to for a long time. To be able to observe & learn from them would have been enough, but to be selected to play with them was an honor, and we are ecstatic to be the 2015 Curie Division Champions. Thank you for believing in us. Following some fierce competition on the Einstein field, our alliance ended in 3rd place in the world.
To the #1 seed – our captain, Robotics Team 148 – Robowranglers. Thank you. Catwoman (the can burglars that they ‘cheesecaked’ us with) was absolutely fantastic, and working side-by-side with your team to get them installed was eye-opening for us. Your students and mentors alike were so welcoming to us, and it was great to get to know your team up close!
The same goes to Team 1114: Simbotics. Seeing how two of the best teams in the world operate, on a one-to-one level, was nothing short of fantastic. We have already learned so many lessons through the Simbot Seminar series, but this experience gave us so much to draw from as we move into the future with our team.
Finally, the absolute rockstars of The Zebracorns – FRC Team 900. They were so driven to be a part of this journey that they practiced the most extreme cheesecaking – an entire robot rebuild to accomodate the harpoons! Watching you guys make that happen was so cool.
This has been a spectacular season for us. Every event we’ve gone to, we’ve been able to come home with hardware. A Judges’ Award, Engineering Inspiration, Chairman’s, a Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, and a Dean’s List Finalist – and now, the Curie Division Champions, and Einstein Semi-Finalists. All that we have achieved is due to the fantastic students, mentors, and MidKnight family we have cultivated, and we’re overjoyed to see this program grow each season.
We’re very proud of how far we’ve come in 10 years, and can’t wait to see what the next 10 could bring.
The MidKnight Inventors competed in the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship, held at Lehigh University, April 8-11.
Our robot and the drive team performed admirably; finishing at the 18th rank out of 54 teams in the Qualifiers and being the first pick of the 7th place alliance – working with our friends, Team 11: MORT and Team 2729: Storm! We finished the weekend as Quarterfinalists. The next time we see the robot will be at the Championship – Safe trip, MKI: X!
The Dean’s List Finalists for our region were also announced. Congratulations to Rohan Chatterjee, whose next stop is St. Louis! He will participate in the ceremony with other finalists from around the world. At Championship, the 10 winners will be announced, and we hope to hear Rohan’s name called again! If you would like to read our nomination for Rohan, you may do so here.
The MidKnight Inventors had an impressive weekend at North Brunswick’s District Competition!
After some new robot modifications this week, MKI: X ended the qualification matches ranked at 15th and were drafted to the 5th alliance, captained by our friends at Powercord 869! (Fun fact: Powercord is also a United Therapeutics sponsored team!) Our second selection was the rookie team from STEMcivics Charter School, 5666 – Purple Lightning! They are familiar faces to us, since they spent quite a few weekends with us during the build season. The Power-MidKnight-Lightning Alliance had a fantastic set of matches, finishing as Semifinalists!
Our day, however, was not yet at an end. The MidKnight Inventors were recognized yet again for their outreach & education programs – this time with the Chairman’s Award! The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious honor bestowed at FIRST events, and we are now eligible to compete at the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship, April 10-12 at Lehigh University.
We are so proud of all the efforts our students have put in – with over 6,000 hours in this season alone dedicated to FIRST team support, local & global outreach, and the constant push for community & school STEM support, MidKnight Inventors have certainly worked hard to earn this award.
If you would like to read our submission, you may do so here.
The MidKnight Inventors competed in the Tech Valley Regional, held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, March 19-21. Team 1923 won the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award, which is the second-highest honor bestowed at FIRST competitions. The Engineering Inspiration Award is given to a team that best advances an appreciation for engineering within the community. This award qualifies the team to advance to the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, April 22-26. The team’s robot, MKI:X, also had an impressive performance and was drafted into the 7th seeded alliance, where it finished the competition as a Semifinalist!
Woodie Flowers Finalist Award: Libby Kamen
Team 1923: The MidKnight Inventors are incredibly proud that our founder & mentor, Libby Kamen, won the 2015 Tech Valley Regional Woodie Flowers Finalist Award! The 10 years of incredible growth in our program could not be possible without her, and we are glad to have the chance to honor her. Thank you, Libby, for all that you do! If you’d like to read our nomination essay for Libby, you may do so here.
Team 1923 competed at our first District competition for the 2014-15 Recycle Rush season this past weekend! The competition was hosted at Mt. Olive High School. We advanced to the Quarterfinals and even took home the Judges’ award for “Quick-Thinking Innovation”. The Judges Award is given to a team that merits recognition for unique efforts and performance.
As we continue to compete in the upcoming weeks, make sure to stay updated through Facebook and Twitter; links to both can be found in the sidebar.
Thank you to all the mentors and parents that have made all this possible so far!