King’s Robotics Team wins state championship for 4th consecutive yearAt the FTC World Championship in April, the CyberKnights will compete against 128 high school teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico
King’s Schools Robotics Team, the CyberKnights, placed first at the FIRST Tech Challenge Washington State Championship on January 12, advancing the team to the World Championships on April 24 - 28, in St. Louis, MO.
The competition took place at the Bellevue College Gymnasium, where the CyberKnights not only won the tournament, but also received the Inspire Award, which recognizes excellence in robot design and teamwork.
The CyberKnights were one of 24 high school teams competing for the state championship, and had spent all school year fine-tuning their robot so it would out-perform the competition.
Teams competed in the “Ring It Up!” challenge, where they were assigned to work with one other alliance team and robot.
Two team members and an onboard computer controlled each robot, which earned points by placing plastic rings on a three by three peg grid.
Additional points were available if weighted rings were placed on specific pegs, and if the team’s robot was able to pick their alliance robot off the ground.
The CyberKnights faced real-time problems when the robot’s onboard computer froze in the second to last qualifying match, requiring the team to repair the system in just minutes.
“The team dedicated a lot of time, energy and passion into this competition, so it is extremely rewarding to see all of their hard work pay off,” Mikel Thompson, program director of King’s Robotics, said. “Each student brought invaluable skills and determination to create a wonderful team that was able to accomplish so much in a short amount of time.
“I am incredibly proud of their accomplishments this year, and we are all looking forward to the World Championship!”
At the FTC World Championship in April, the CyberKnights will compete against 128 high school teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico in the same “Ring It Up!” challenge, and will defend their top four finish at last year’s competition.
Students who participate in FTC are eligible for the FIRST Scholarship Program, which officially recognizes the technical and life skills gained from these competitions.
In addition to the success of the high school robotics team, King’s Elementary FIRST LEGO League Robotics teams have finished strong in their most recent tournaments.
Five teams participated at competitions in Bellevue and Burien, where they received four trophies and two of the teams qualified for the state championships on February 10.
The elementary school robotics program helps students develop technical, mechanical and engineering skills at a young age, preparing students for robotics competitions at the high school level.
For more information about King’s Schools, visit http://www.kingsschools.org/.