Mount Olive District 2019!

The MidKnight Inventors competed at the Mount Olive District Event from March 8th to March 10th. At the end of 74 rigorous qualifications on Sunday, we seeded 5th out of 37 teams and were thrilled to captain the 4th alliance. During alliance selection, we were glad to invite Team 1257: Parallel Universe and Team 1768: RoboChiefs to join us!

Although Team 1923 was defeated by the 2nd seeded alliance, captained by Team 5992, we put up a valiant effort. We would like to congratulate Teams 2577, 222, and 6943 for finishing the Mt. Olive District event as champions.

The MidKnight Inventors took home the Innovation in Control award, which celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components. We were especially excited as this was a first for our team! We are excited to continue competing this season at our next competition from March 30th to March 31st at the Montgomery event!

Canned Food Drive

In an effort to give back to our community, for the past 3 years the Midknight Inventors have conducted a canned food drive in which we collected any types of canned goods in order to provide for the Trenton Soup Kitchen. We held this drive during our mock FRC kickoff where a large part of our team, including new team members and leadership, were able to donate these canned goods. Overall, we received 280 cans this year. We hope that these donations will be of great help to less-fortunate families in our community, and we hope to continue this spirit of giving through the rest of the year!

National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 2nd,  the West Windsor Police Department hosted an event called National Night Out in order to strengthen the bond between residents and the police force. Initially created as a method of crime prevention in 1984, the event allows local organizations as well as the fire and police departments to interact in a fun environment with food, music, and activities. The MidKnight Inventors were invited to West Windsor Community Park to demo our 2018 robot Blackout. Our MidKnight FTC teams also demoed their own robots, providing a wonderful outreach and fundraising opportunity for both teams.

More than five hundred people had the opportunity to interact with different robots, learn about our team, FIRST, and its message. Parents and students were excited to learn about the team and how they could get involved. Overall, the event was a great success in gaining support from the community and bringing exposure to the team.

Lehigh Mid-Atlantic Regional Recap

From April 4th through the 7th, Team 1923, The Midknight Inventors traveled to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Region District Championship. We ended the qualification rounds as 15th seed and played up until the quarterfinals, along with alliance partners Team 1640, Team 25, and Team 1089. A huge congratulations goes out the students, mentors, and parents for making this trip possible. Our next competition is the FIRST Championship in Detroit, MI from April 25 – April 28, and will feature teams from the around the world. We are extremely excited for this opportunity and we can’t wait to compete!

Bridgewater District Recap

After competing at Mount Olive with an exciting Industrial Award win, The MidKnight Inventors competed in the Bridgewater District Event, hosted by Team 303, T.E.S.T. on March 17th and 18th. We were ranked 2nd during qualification matches, going on to become the second seeded alliance captain during alliance selections. During alliance selections, we joined Team 2950, Nemesis, the first seeded captain, and Team 6860, Equitum Robotics.

During playoffs, our alliance started off strong in the quarterfinals, advancing to semifinals and later to finals. After one loss and one win, our alliance unfortunately lost in the tie-breaker match. We would like to thank our alliance partners, Team 2590 and Team 6860 – we had a great time working with you!

The MidKnight Inventors, and our alliance partners, ended Bridgewater Districts as Finalists. We are thrilled about winning the Chairman’s Award and look forward to competing at the Regional Championships! The MidKnight Inventors would also like to congratulate our amazing and hardworking 2018 Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Nominee, Mr. Brottman.

Mount Olive District Recap

The MidKnight Inventors competed at the Mount Olive District Event from March 9th to March 11th. At the end of 80 rigorous qualifications on Sunday, we seeded 3rd out of 40 teams and were thrilled to captain the 2nd alliance. During alliance selection, we were glad to invite Team 2016: The Mighty Monkey Wrenches and Team 6860: Equitum Robotics to join us!

Although Team 1923 was defeated by the 3rd seeded alliance, captained by Team 222, we put up a valiant effort. We would like to congratulate teams 303, 25, and 6203 for finishing the Mt. Olive District event as champions.

The MidKnight Inventors took home the Industrial Design Award, which celebrates form and function in an effectively designed robot. We are excited to continue competing this season at our next competition from March 16th to March 18th at the Bridgewater Event!

Robot Reveal!

Say hello to the newest addition to the MidKnight Family: Black Out
Not only does our robot look cooler than it ever has before, it is the most refined machine we have ever created, and we predict a great season to come.

See it in action with our reveal video!
https://bit.ly/2GWPgQG

For information on the abilities of our robot in the game this year, check out our Robot Fact Sheet.

 

MidKnight Mayhem V – June 17, 2017

MidKnight Mayhem V was our most successful Mayhem yet, hosting teams from over 5 different states – both within and outside of the Mid-Atlantic Region. MKM V was an engaging, multifaceted event for students of all ages, featuring an off-season scrimmage for 34 FRC teams and a smaller scrimmage for New Jersey FTC teams, along with several other activities such as a photo booth, a team scavenger hunt, and even a station full of Legos for kids to build with. FTC played a unique spin on Velocity Vortex to help teach rookie teams how robots operate.
FRC played FIRST Steamworks with a Mayhem rule thrown into the mix, pilots were given 15 fuel particles to shoot into the boiler for high efficiency themselves. After nearly 7 hours of competing, the Pascack Pi-oneers (1676), the Megaladons (333), and TechFire (225) were crowned the MKM V champions. Thank you for all the teams that came out to compete, we hope you had a great time just like we did, and we hope to see you all again next year at MKM VI!
All competition pictures and photo booth pictures will soon be up on the MKM website and Twitter page!

 

MidKnight RoboExpo – May 25, 2017

We hope you’ll join us at MidKnight RoboExpo, our annual showcase of FIRST teams for all ages & grade levels.

Teams from the MidKnight family will be present & demonstrating their robots to the public. If you (or a student you know) are interested in getting involved with FIRST, this is the perfect place to sign up for a team!

More information on RoboExpo 2017.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship Recap!

On April 5th – 8th, The MidKnight Inventors competed at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship at Lehigh University. Team 1923 qualified for the district championship after winning both the Montgomery and Mount Olive district events. After a rigorous 120 qualification matches, the Inventors ranked 8th and were thrilled to be alliance captains. During alliance selection, we invited Team 25 Raider Robotics and Team 75 RoboRaiders to join us and form the eighth seeded alliance. We were very fortunate to form an alliance with these two teams, who led us to victory at the Montgomery District Event the weekend prior.

Unfortunately, Team 1923 was knocked out after our second quarterfinal match by the first seeded alliance. We would like to thank our amazing alliance partners, Teams 25 and 75, who helped us put up some great playoff matches. The MidKnight Inventors would also like to congratulate Teams 2590, 1807, and 3929 who left the regional competition as champions.

Despite missing the win at the Regional Championship, The MidKnight Inventors did not walk away empty handed. Because we were able to accrue enough district points, we qualified for the World Championship in St. Louis!  Team 1923 is ecstatic to participate in the highest level of competition in FRC, and we can’t wait to take part in more FIRST Steamworks at the end of April.

Our driver, operator, pilot and human player eagerly wait in queue for the next qualification match.