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KDSS Kinetic Knights headed
for world championships
after win in Cincinnati

By Liz Dadson

Technology/Education

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The Kincardine District Secondary School Kinetic Knights drive-team of Luke Splettstoesser (L), Bradley Reid, Matt Pagnan and James Jackson (FIRST® Team 781), shares the Queen City Regional gold-medal win with Alliance 8 drive teams from FIRST® Teams 45 and 3940 of Kokomo, Indiana
photos courtesy of the KDSS Kinetic Knights



Team 781 mentors pose with the trophy and banner after the KDSS Kinetic Knights and their Alliance teammates won the Queen City Regional robotics competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, Saturday afternoon

The Kincardine District Secondary School Kinetic Knights (FIRST® Team 781) have won gold at the Queen City Regional robotics competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, earning the team a berth at the world championships in St. Louis, Missouri, at the end of April.

The team left Kincardine early Wednesday morning and arrived in Cincinnati that afternoon. The pit crew worked with the robot Thursday and the entire team was geared up for competition Friday.

The contest, called "Rebound Rumble," challenges the robots to sink as many baskets as they can, and then balance on a bridge at the centre of the playing field at the end of the game.

Team 781 was ranked 21st out of 57 teams after qualifying rounds Saturday, but was chosen for Alliance No. 8 with FIRST® Teams 45 (The TechnoKats) and 3940 (Cybertooth) of Kokomo, Indiana.

With winning scores of 69-35 and 67-39, the Kinetic Knights and their Alliance teammates moved into the semi-finals. There, they again defeated the competition, with scores of 58-37 and a narrow 59-58.

This put Alliance 8 into the finals against FIRST® Teams 1038, 48 and 3193. Alliance 8 was also getting a reputation for the triple balance - getting all three robots onto the bridge at the same time and scoring 40 points for their team.

The first game of the finals was a close 91-83 win for Alliance 8, followed by a nail-biter match in which the Kinetic Knights' robot ended up tipped over as it tried to get on the bridge with its teammates.

Alliance 8 edged out its opponent, 64-62, to take the gold medal, qualifying for the world championships in St. Louis in two weeks.

The Kinetic Knights also won the best website award.

For more information, check the website at www.team781.com

Luke Splettstoesser of the KDSS Kinetic Knights wears the basketball net around his neck after Team 781 won gold in Cincinnati on the weekend   



The Kinetic Knights' robot, Team 781 (L), completes the triple balance with its Alliance 8 teammates in the finals at the Queen City Regional



Team 781 (Kinetic Knights)captures the gold medal at the Queen City Regional in Cincinnati


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