Kinetic Knights qualify
for world championships
in St. Louis, Missouri


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The Kincardine District Secondary School Kinetic Knights (Team 781) are going to St. Louis, Missouri, to compete in the FIRST® world robotics championships.

Team 781 competed this past weekend in Mississauga at the the Greater Toronto Regional. There were actually two regionals going on at the same time in the Hershey Centre. Kincardine was competing in the GTR West. 

The robot performed very well in practice on Thursday, and in qualification matches on Friday. As a result, KDSS received the Engineering Excellence Award for its robot design in addition to the Website Award. 

Saturday morning, the team played its final two qualifying matches, finishing with seven wins and two losses. This gave the Knights the seventh seed out of 36 teams competing in the West Regional.

During alliance selections, the Knights were delighted to be picked by top-ranked Team 2056 (OP Robotics), and together they selected Team 1547 (Where's Waldo) to complete their alliance. 

This newly-formed won the quarter-finals and semi-finals, both in straight matches. In the finals, they met with strong opposition from Teams 1334, 610, and 1325. Excellent tube hanging from Teams 2056 and 781, strong defence from 1547, and consistent mini-bots allowed Kincardine's alliance to win the finals in two straight matches, and become the GTR West Champions!

This is the second regional the Knights have won in their history, and their first since their rookie year in 2002.

Winning the regional qualifies Kincardine to attend the FIRST® World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 27-30. 

The team is "incredibly excited" to be going to St. Louis, as none of the current team members has ever been to the FIRST® Championship. Team 781 last attended the World Championship in 2003 when it was held in Houston, Texas.

This coming weekend, the Knights will be attending the Buckeye Regional in Cleveland, Ohio. To follow the live webcast, click on www.team781.com



Team 781's robot in the 2011 FIRST competition


The Kinetic Knights' prize-winning mini-bot

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