by Marketing Intern Joanne Yi
Our KHS 4911 CyberKnights robotics team returned from the FIRST PNW District Championship in Portland, Oregon with a victorious win! Joining the 4th Seed Alliance, their robot advanced all the way to the Semi-Finals. But their success didn’t end there: The team was awarded once again with the most prestigious award at the competition, the Chairman’s Award! The CyberKnights have qualified to compete at the FIRST Worlds Championship in Houston, Texas next week. Go CyberKnights!
Last week’s update, in case you missed it:
The King’s High School Varsity Robotics Team, 4911 CyberKnights, had an extremely successful competition this past weekend at Glacier Peak High School! The team received the Chairman’s Award: the most prestigious award at the competition given to the team that best exemplifies the robotics program and is viewed as a model team for others. To receive the award, the team had to submit an essay, executive summaries, a presentation and a video showing the sustainable impact the team has both locally and globally. The CyberKnights were moved to tears as they were awarded the Chairman’s Award for the 4th time, receiving a standing ovation from other teams at the event.
The CyberKnights have made a profound impact on others through their outreach programs. After creating the first East-African FTC team, CyberKnights Uganda, a self-sustaining STEM program that is now one of the top in the nation, the CyberKnights are now focused on helping raise $7,000 to build a robotics classroom for CyberKnights Uganda. They have partnered with King’s High School ASB and National Honor Society to run fundraisers throughout the school year, with an end of the year fundraiser concert with a student-led band, Right Turn Only, to take place on May 11. In the past year, the CyberKnights have continued their work internationally, as they partnered with a FRC Israeli team to create two FRC Vietnam teams and one FRC Hong Kong team. Other teams around the world have recognized the successful impact the CyberKnights have and invited the CyberKnights to be a founding team for the Compass Alliance: a coalition of 10 teams from around the world with the goal of creating a sustainable robotics ecosystem. Through collaborations with other robotics teams, the CyberKnights have been able to expand their outreach.
While working internationally, the CyberKnights continue to work within their local community. Participating in annual fairs, demonstrations and parades, the CyberKnights are determined to spread STEM throughout their community, bringing STEM to everyone. They brought this mindset to Special Olympics Unified Robotics: a program they initiated that brings robotics to students with special needs. Starting local with only 7 teams in the first year, the program has now grown to have more than 50 teams across the nation. The CyberKnights have partnered with large corporations such as Special Olympics, Microsoft, and the Pacific Science Center as Special Olympics Unified Robotics has been recognized as an official Special Olympics sport and will be introduced by ESPN as an official sport this year. The CyberKnights have really proved that their work truly is, “more than robots”.
While the CyberKnights were awarded with the most prestigious award at the competition, they also remained very successful on the robotics field as they remained at the top for a majority of the Qualification Rounds. The team came out of Alliance Selections as the first pick of the Second Seed Alliance Team and made it all the way to Semi-Finals! We congratulate the hard-working CyberKnights and head coach, Mr. Thompson, and wish them the best of luck as they advance onto the Pacific Northwest District Championship from April 4 to 7 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and from there, to the Houston World Championship where they’ve competed for the past 4 years.