The MidKnight Inventors recently displayed our robot, Knightmare, for Goldman Sachs officials at the Goldman Sachs Tech Expo. As a team, we put a tremendous amount of emphasis on making relationships with our sponsors and community, and jump at the opportunity to get more people involved with robotics. The tech exposition for Goldman Sachs was one such opportunity. Goldman Sachs has generously supported Team 1923 this year and we are extremely grateful for it.
Reaching out to our community is always a priority for the MidKnight Inventors; this exposition provided us with the opportunity to not only express our gratitude to sponsors but also promote the values of FIRST to their employees. We thank our friends at Goldman Sachs for this experience and their continued support 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 May 20th The MidKnight Inventors hosted our annual Robo Expo! The outreach event was an open house for the entire community to come take a look at our previous robots like RoBART (2013) and MKI: X (2015). Our affiliated FTC teams, The MidKnight Magic and The MidKnight Magic Too, also had their robots on display. In addition, our younger attendees were also given the opportunity to try driving a practice robot. As if the event attendees weren’t excited enough, MidKnight Inventors also demoed our 2016 competition robot, Knightmare. The robot was driven around in the gym, and even shot balls into a basketball hoop!
The event took place at one of our local elementary schools, Millstone River School. Team members met with students interested in joining any of our teams and got people excited about FIRST. The outreach event resulted in a very positive response from the community. We received a considerable amount of signups from students interested in joining one of our MidKnight teams – anywhere from Jr. FLL through FRC.
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 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.
In the first competition of the 2016 Season, Team 1923 The MidKnight Inventors travelled to Flanders, New Jersey, and competed in the Mt. Olive District Event hosted by Team 11 MORT.
On the first day of competition, The MidKnight Inventors were able to seed second and managed to hold this position until alliance selection. In alliance selection, as Captain, The MidKnight Inventors invited Team 11 Mort and Team 3142 Aperture to join their alliance. We ended the elimination rounds as Quarterfinalists.
At the end of the event the MidKnight Inventors took home the most prestigious award that FIRST has to offer, the Chairman’s award. The Chairman’s award is an award which honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate, and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. This award qualifies us to the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship, held April 14-16 at Lehigh University.
Overall, the MidKnight Inventors had a very successful start to their 2016 Season and want to thank all the parents, mentors, and volunteers who made this possible! We compete next at the Montgomery District, April 8-10 at Montgomery High School.
On the Sunday of our second week of FRC build season, The MidKnight Inventors were proud to help host our first ever FTC Full Day Meet, Magic Mayhem.
The event took place at Millstone River School and was hosted by FTC teams The MidKnight Magic and The MidKnight Magic Too, with 21 teams from New Jersey competing at the event.
The MidKnight Inventors are proud to host competitions at every level of FIRST programs, including FRC offseason MidKnight Mayhem, Jr. FLL Showcase and FLL State Qualifier Minion Mayhem, and now Magic Mayhem. We host these events to encourage local students and parents to get involved in a multitude of programs, and connect with FIRST in New Jersey.
In preparation for the 2016 build season, MidKnight Inventor leaders have been certifying the 50+ new students on the team in the usage of a variety of tools for the past several months.
This Sunday is our final tool certification session, signifying the preparation of the team for build season, and the First-Aid Certification of the MidKnight Inventor leadership.
In addition to the certification of all new team members, MidKnight Inventors also certified students from FRC Team 5666 Purple Lightning from Trenton, New Jersey, in the usage of various shop tools and shop safety, as well as our Red Cross safety program.
In anticipation of the release of the 2016 FRC game, FIRST Stronghold, new MidKnight Inventors attended a Mock Kickoff this Saturday to learn about the team’s process of strategizing during kickoff, which can often be confusing to members that have not gone through it already.
At West Windsor – Plainsboro High School South, our mentors Libby Kamen and Eric Drost led a walkthrough of Strategic Design (which can be found on our MidKnight U page!) and what the Kickoff day will entail. We then practice analyzing a game that was brand new to us, by using the game and season materials for the 2004 FRC game, FIRST Frenzy: Raising the Bar.
New MidKnight Inventors learned a great deal about how the team formulates a strategy every year and a general overview of the design and build process. In addition, the event served as a team bonding activity , allowing new and returning members to work together to analyze a game our students had not seen before.
Over the past two weeks, The MidKnight Inventors were thrilled to mentor and volunteer at three NJ FTC meets: Cookie Carnage, Winter Meet III, and P-Town Showdown.
FTC teams The MidKnight Magic and The MidKnight Magic Too performed exceedingly well at their respective events; MidKnight Magic ranked 1st at Cookie Carnage and 2nd at P-Town Showdown, winning all five matches at both meets, while MidKnight Magic Too was part of the winning alliance at Winter Meet III and ranked seventh at P-Town Showdown.
In addition to mentoring the FTC teams, MidKnight Inventors volunteered at all three events, with a large presence at Cookie Carnage, hosted at West Windsor – Plainsboro High School North.
The MidKnight Inventors would like to seize this opportunity to congratulate The MidKnight Magic and The MidKnight Magic Too for their outstanding performance thus far! We are so proud of you all!