Kinetic Knights robotics team wins Chairman's Award
at GTR East regional

By Liz Dadson


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The Kinetic Knights robotics team of Kincardine Team 781, captured the Chairman's Award for the second year in a row at the Greater Toronto East regional, held in Oshawa, on the weekend
photo by Bill Holtby

The Kinetic Knights, Team 781, give a roaring cheer after hearing the announcement that they had received the Chairman's Award, at the GTR East regional in Oshawa on the weekend
photos by David Dadson

The Kinetic Knights, Team 781, robot in action at GTR East
videos by David Dadson

Team 781's robot gets bumped around by Team 3550 in a match at the GTR East regional on the weekend

Team 781 is very good under duress in competition at GTR East regional

The Kinetic Knights (in the stands), watch their robot, Team 781, and human player Nikhil Deshpande (in green shirt), compete at the GTR East regional in Oshawa

The Kinetic Knights show some team spirit at the event

For the second year in a row, the Kinetic Knights robotics team of Kincardine has brought home the Chairman's Award from the Greater Toronto East regional robotics competition in Oshawa.

This means the team has qualified for the world championships in St. Louis, Missouri, for the fourth consecutive year.

The Chairman's Award is presented to a team that exemplifies the value of gracious professionalism, as well as promoting a passion for science, technology, engineering and math. Judges look for all-round strong performance, from safety behaviours to business planning to team growth to community outreach. 

Besides submitting an essay, creating a five-minute video and making a presentation to a panel of judges, team members are interviewed about a range of topics including how being involved in the FIRST robotics program has affected them and what they have learned about robotics as well as themselves.

Team 781 travelled to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) event Thursday afternoon and competed through Friday and Saturday, returning home Saturday night.

This year's challenge, "Aerial Assist," saw Alliances of three teams each, square off on a large field, with the robots passing a two-foot-in-diameter medicine ball to their teammates and scoring on a goal at the far end.

Team 781's robot placed 10th at the end of qualification rounds Saturday morning, and entered an Alliance with two teams from Montreal. The Alliance made it to the quarter-finals before being eliminated.

The team is competing in two more regionals: Waterloo, March 20-22; and Windsor, April 3-5; and then the worlds, April 24-26.

Team 781 continues to fund-raise and will be the celebrity servers at Boston Pizza, Friday, March 14, from 5-8 p.m. The team receives 10 per cent of all profits during that time.

The Kinetic Knights drive team of Luke Splettstoesser (L), Gregory Reid, Aaron Gordon and Nikhil Deshpande carry the Team 781 robot onto the field

Mathew Strader of the Kinetic Knights shows his team spirit at the GTR East regional

Derek Eberl of the Kinetic Knights waves the flag in support of Team 781

The Kinetic Knights, Team 781, robot in competition at the GTR East regional, held in Oshawa on the weekend

Mark Breadner (L) of FIRST Canada, presents a Chairman's Award medal to Gregory Reid of the Kinetic Knights

Barry Collins (R), mentor with the Kinetic Knights, receives his Chairman's Award medal from Mark Breadner of FIRST Canada

Team 781's drive team (L) watches its robot in action

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