- The Connecticut State Championship sponsored by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference on May 13th. This event includes only Connecticut teams in order to crown a state champion.
- WPI Battlecry sponsored by Worcester Polytechnic Institute May 20-21st.
64 high school robotics teams from across New England met at the University of New Hampshire April 6th to 8th to compete in the FIRST Robotics New England District Championship. Having just came off their win at the Hartford District Event the weekend before the CyberKnights knew with the best in New England coming together, innovative game strategies would be needed to achieve their goal of a Three-peat.
Southington proved to be one of the best high goal shooters achieving the 40kPa pressure mark in the autonomous period for most of their matches. This function has only been achieved by a handful other teams in the world and will certainly be a differentiator as they move on to play at the World Championship level. The team also shares the current world record for the highest achieved score of 522 points.
Southington was invited by Team 2168 the Aluminum Falcons from Groton, CT to alliance in the playoffs and Team 195 graciously accepted. This is the same team they won the New England title with last year. The two teams also invited team 1073 from Hollis, New Hampshire to join them in their quest for the banner. The playoffs were rough, scrappy matches with robots battling hard and taking damage. But the alliance proved successful after a very hard fought playoff rounds bringing home the banner.
This is the third year in a row the CyberKnights have won the FIRST Robotics New England Championship.
Southington CyberKnights will travel to St. Louis to compete in the FIRST Championship on April 26-29. Due to the growing number of teams in the world, the FIRST organization is having TWO championship events this season. The North Championship held in St. Louis and the South Championship held in Houston TX. They will crown TWO champions for the first time in their history. The champions will face off during the summer in a webcast competition held at the home of Dean Kamen, world renowned inventor and founder of FIRST Robotics.
The CyberKnights are ready for the challenge and have their sights set on a Division Banner and a North Championship title!
Thank you again for your continued support of these amazing students! Please enjoy this short recap video of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3OcFiNt_1M&feature=youtu.be
Team 195, the Southington CyberKnights, took home the winning banner at the Hartford District Event April 1st – 2nd. 42 teams from Connecticut and Massachusetts competed at the event. This competition was stacked with many of the best teams in New England.
The CyberKnights finished strong after qualification rounds seeding 1st and being the captain of the number one alliance. They moved onto the playoff bracket selecting Team 558, the Elm City Robo-squad from New Haven, CT and selecting Team 173 Rage Robotics from Tolland, CT to join their alliance. 195 was honored to play alongside these two amazing teams with long histories of excellence!
The alliance worked as one, fighting hard through the playoffs against some amazing competition. They tied the world record high score with an impressive 522 points!
The final matches were tough, but they came out on top bringing that FIRST Robotics Blue Banner back for Southington High School!
The CyberKnights will now move onto New England Championship April 5-8 and hope to defend their New England title and do Southington proud. The team is going for the three-peat having already won the New England title in both 2015 and 2016.
This year’s New England Championship is being held at the Whittemore Center Arena at University of New Hampshire.
Here is a short summary video for you to Enjoy. We’d like to thank Jim Gorham for volunteering his time and talents to bring these to you:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qhcafWQXQA&feature=youtu.be
The SHS CyberKnights competed March 16-18th at the FIRST Tech Valley Regional Event held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. With its rapid fire turret dialed in, the robot was the first in the world to score 40 kPa in the autonomous mode. The CyberKnights were the #1 seed after qualification rounds and selected FIRST Robotics Team 20 The Rocketeers from New York and Team 6459 AG’Robotik from Istanbul, Turkey as their alliance partners. Due to a drive train breakdown of an alliance robot, the team ended their day as semifinalists of the event. A great time was had during awards ceremony where the CyberKnights won the Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi for their awesome machine design.
On March 3rd – 5th, The CyberKnights competed at the week 1 FIRST SteamWorks competition in Waterbury, CT with 41 other teams. This was a great opportunity to see the new game and new robot designs in action for the first time.
Our CyberKnights team has been working hard all build season and their efforts were rewarded with impressive shooting, gear placement, climbing and drive team skills. Our team won the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox.
The CyberKnights went 8-3 in qualification rounds and finished in 6th place. We were the captains of the #4 alliance teaming with Team 558 Elm City Robo Squad and Team 228 Gus Robotics advancing to the semifinals. Congrats to Team 236 Techno-Ticks, Team 3654 TechTigers and Team 181 Birds of Prey on their victory.
Thanks to all the volunteers who worked hard to organize and run this event. Week One events are especially challenging and adjustments were made to successfully complete the event.
Thank you to all our 1,000 Facebook fans that liked our FIRST Team 195: The CyberKnights page! Tell a friend and follow the team as we begin the 2017 competition season on March 4th and 5th in Waterbury, CT.