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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
On Saturday, June 25th, The MidKnight Inventors hosted our fourth annual off-season event, MidKnight Mayhem, at West-Windsor Plainsboro High School North. This year, 37 teams competed in a modified version of the FRC 2016 game, Stronghold, and the MidKnight Inventors event reached over one thousand people from in and outside our community. It was a huge success for the team and the best year yet for our off-season event. A big thanks to all the families who donated their time and all our local sponsors for their donations. This event would not have been possible without them.
Congratulations to the winning alliance: 225 TechFire, 1640 Sab-BOT-age, 2607 The Fighting RoboVikings, 4954 Palindrome Robotics and thank you to everyone who attended. MidKnight Mayhem IV was a big success, and The MidKnight Inventors hope to see you all back for an even better MidKnight Mayhem V!
On April 27th, FRC 1923, The MidKnight Inventors, traveled to St. Louis to compete at the World Championship, for the 5th time in our 11 year history! Our team competed on the Archimedes Division along with other top tier robots from around the world. We entered the Playoffs with the 6th seeded alliance: 1318 Issaquah Robotics Society from Issaquah, Washington, 1310 Runnymede Robotics from Toronto, Canada, and 4103 The Roborioles from Avon, Indiana. We left the Championship as Division Quarterfinalists.
St. Louis was our final major competition of the 2016 season, and it was an amazing experience. Our achievements this year as a team were truly remarkable, from winning the Entrepreneurship Award at Montgomery to securing the Chairman’s Award at both district and regional levels to being part of the quarterfinals at Championships. We hope that 2017 will be an even stronger and more successful season, but until then, we will continue to work hard for our upcoming off-season events.
On April 14-16, Team 1923 The MidKnight Inventors travelled to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Region District Championship. We qualified for the regional by winning the Chairman’s award at the Mt. Olive district competition. During the competition, we won the most prestigious award in FIRST – the Chairman’s award.
The Chairman’s award is awarded to a team that embodies the vision and goals of FIRST, as well as best represents a model for other teams to follow. Some of the outreach and FIRST activities we were noted for are mentoring and starting numerous FIRST teams, establishing an excellent connection with the school district, hosting our own FRC off season event MidKnight Mayhem, and working day and “knight” to spread FIRST in the community. In fact, one of the FRC teams we mentored, team 5666 Purple Lightning, won the spirit award in only their second year of competition. The Chairman’s award qualifies us for the FIRST national championship in St. Louis, where we will compete with other Chairman’s award winners to become a FIRST Hall of Fame team. Hall of Fame teams are winners of the Chairman’s award at the worlds level, and automatically qualify to the world championship every year.
Huge congratulations go out the students, mentors, parents, and especially the Chairman’s team and presenters. This is the first time the MidKnight Inventors will be competing for Chairman’s at worlds!
Our next competition is the FIRST Championship in St. Louis from April 27 – May 1, and will feature teams from the around the world. This is the first time we have qualified for Worlds in two consecutive years, marking an important point in our team’s history. We are extremely excited for this opportunity and we can’t wait to compete!