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 2016 robot, Knightmare. 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. Moreover, the students met and spoke with Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh and several board members who stopped by the booths to express their support. Overall, the event was a great success in gaining support from the community and bringing exposure to the team.
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 9 & 10, The MidKnight Inventors competed at their second district, hosted at Montgomery High School. After hard-fought matches, we ended the weekend as Quarterfinalists. Many thanks to our partners, Team 1989: Viking Robotics from Vernon Township, NJ and Team 102: The Gearheads from Somerville, NJ.
We were also announced as the winners of the Entrepreneurship Award, which “celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of a team which, since its inception, has developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan in order to scope, manage, and attain team objectives and also displays entrepreneurial enthusiasm and the vital business skills for a self-sustaining program. The Entrepreneurship Award honors a team that is unique, enthusiastic and well organized, and one whose well-honed business skills will keep them operating successfully for years to come.”
Big congratulations go out to our business team; this is the first time The MidKnight Inventors have come home with this award!
Our next competition is the FIRST Mid-Atlantic Region Championship, hosted April 14-16 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Halloween started with a robot-filled morning as the MidKnight Inventors hosted our annual FIRST LEGO League scrimmage, MidKnight Robot Attack! During the event, teams practiced with both their robot and project presentations for in this year’s FLL competition, Trash Trek.
The event provided teams (including several rookies) with a valuable learning experience that will help them prepare for their upcoming qualifying events. They had the opportunity to test their robots in a competition setting; learning and having fun along the way!
With The MidKnight Inventors’ Minion Mayhem FLL State Qualifier coming up, this was a learning experience for our team as hosts as well. We had over 60 MidKnight Inventor students help out on Saturday, working as referees, team runners, concessions, and general event support.
Many thanks go out to those who helped make MidKnight Robot Attack very successful. We can’t wait to see you all on November 21st for our NJ FLL qualifier, Minion Mayhem!
We hope you’ll join us at our 10th Anniversary Showcase on from 6:00 until 9:00 pm on February 20th at the Millstone River School – All four FIRST programs in WWP will be displayed. Come see the MidKnight Family & some other FIRST friends – and watch us unveil our 2015 robot to our supporters! All are welcome, and refreshments will be available.
Thank you to all our teams, mentors, volunteers, and sponsors that made Minion Mayhem a success! Minion Mayhem was held at WWP High School North this past Saturday on 11/22. FLL teams from all over New Jersey and local states came and competed. The event was an amazing debut for the Minion Mayhem Qualifier and we hope it will become an annual official FIRST event! Congrats to the five teams that will be qualifying for the next round of competitions. A big thank you too all our supporters and we hope to see you again next year! You can find more pictures from the event at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10205302421350018&type=1&l=db332da731
And Founder’s Day was another great success! The Midknight Inventors this past weekend marched in the Founder’s Day parade, sold concessions, and promoted STEM in the community. The team was able to fundraise more this year than years past! Thank you to all students, parents, and mentors for making this event a success!