Category Archives: Community Outreach

October 31, 2016: MidKnight Robot Attack

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!

FIRST National Advocacy Conference


On June 14-16 The MidKnight Inventors were represented by team members Aravind Koneru ’16, Nabeel Peshimam ’15, and Tara Sabbineni ’18 at the 2nd Annual FIRST National Advocacy Conference hosted by the Hall of Fame team #27, RUSH.

During the conference our team representatives, along with members of other New Jersey teams, met with the staff of New Jersey Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez as well as Congresswoman Bonnie Coleman. During the conference FIRST teams from all over the country talked to their respective representatives about supporting STEM programs such as FIRST, by promoting the Tyne Franken Kirk Amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The Amendment would establish a program to provide each state with formula-based funding that would be used to support partnerships between local schools, businesses, universities, and non-profit organizations to improve student learning in the critical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Each state would choose how to spend and prioritize these funds, which can support a wide range of STEM activities from in-depth teacher training, to engineering design competitions, to improving the diversity of the STEM workforce.

Overall, the NAC was an enlightening experience to our students, and allowed us to help spread the message of FIRST in a new way! Many thanks to RUSH for hosting the conference – we look forward to joining you again next year!


May 3, 2015: Founder’s Day

Just a week after an amazing run at Championship, The MidKnight Inventors were delighted by the opportunity to take part in an annual event within the West Windsor – Plainsboro community known as Plainsboro Founder’s Day.

Plainsboro Township was created on May 6th, 1919, and every year in the beginning of May the township celebrates with a festival known as Founder’s Day.

The MidKnight Inventors have seized this opportunity for several years to educate the community about FIRST; this year we showcased 2015 robot MKI:X, 2013 robot RoBART, sold concessions and hosted an outreach booth.

All in all the event was a success, reaching hundreds of people from the community in addition to inviting interested families to future FIRST events, such as JumpStart, a program connecting students to others in their area who would be interested in starting new FIRST teams.

Cookie Carnage

This past Friday 12/6, The MidKnight Inventors helped out with set-up & volunteered the Cookie Carnage FTC Competition.

The event was hosted by the W.A.G.S, a West Windsor-based Girl Scout FTC team.

Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters that made this event a success and we hope to see you again next year!

Minion Mayhem

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: 

Outreach at Summer Camps

The MidKnight Inventors have been busy with community outreach!

On Friday July 19th, MidKnight Inventors students and mentors presented RoBART, our 2013 season robot, at WWP High School North to the local summer camps. The MidKnight Inventors also presented Wednesday July 23rd, to the summer camps at the Princeton YWCA. At both sessions we presented the robot, intro to the FIRST program,  and information on STEM education in our district.

If your organization would like us to present, please contact us at – The MidKnight Inventors are always eager to demonstrate their work!

Town Center Elementary Outreach

The Midknight Inventors recently went to Town Center Elementary School to present Tactical Snail, our 2013- 2014 robot. During this outreach opportunity, the Inventors talked about the team, FIRST, and most importantly about the robot. Tactical Snail shot balls at the elementary students and even raced against them! The Midknight Inventors and the Town Center Students had a great evening full of fun and robotics!

Girls Scout PPPL

Saturday was a busy day for the Midknight Inventors! While Monty Madness was on (post below), few students from the team went to the Princeton Physics Plasma Lab to present our robot to Girls Scouts. The event was a great outreach opportunity to introduce young girls to STEM and FIRST Robotics!