FIRST Robotics (FRC) Team 4911 CyberKnights, a robotics team from King’s High School, is proud to announce that Madeleine Schwitters has been named a FIRST Dean’s List Finalist at the PNW District Championships in Cheney, WA. Madeleine will now represent the team and the Pacific Northwest Region at the World Championships in Houston, TX. Winners will be announced on April 21, 2017 during a luncheon with Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics, and namesake of this prestigious award.
Special Olympics Unified Robotics™ conference April 21, 2017 in Houston, TX
Seattle, WA – April 11, 2017 – FRC Team 4911 CyberKnights, a robotics team from King’s High School, is proud to announce they will be leading a conference on Special Olympics Unified Robotics at the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, TX.
This session will introduce Special Olympics Unified Robotics, a robotics program for students with and without special needs, to FIRST Robotics teams from around the world. The session will demonstrate how Unified Robotics helps bridge the achievement gap by empowering students with special needs to participate in robotics, to be involved in a STEM program, and to develop important life skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Special Olympics Unified Robotics was started by a member of the CyberKnights who was inspired by her sister with autism. She recognized that students with special needs often have constrained access to engineering and programming classes because of staff support requirements and significant modifications. Unified Robotics is an unprecedented accepting and hands-on way to introduce these students to STEM concepts. Read More
As a student with special needs, Gabi Stansberry has struggled with many things that most 14-year-old girls her age take for granted. Finding friends with common interests, having opportunities to try new things, and being included in a society that doesn’t understand her uniqueness have been constant challenges.
After living in Oregon for most of her life, Gabi recently moved back to the Seattle area and is a freshman at Mariner High School. She was excited to get to know her extended family, especially her cousin Madeleine who is currently a junior at King’s Schools in Seattle. Read More
Seattle, WA – March 8, 2017 – FIRST Robotics (FRC) Team 4911 CyberKnights, a robotics team from King’s High School, is proud to announce that Madeleine Schwitters has been named a FIRST Dean’s List Semi-Finalist at the West Valley District Event in Spokane, WA. Madeleine will represent the team at the Pacific Northwest District Championship April 5-8, 2017 where she will compete for the opportunity to represent the team at the World Championships later that month.
The Dean’s List Award began in 2010 to celebrate outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of the FIRST most outstanding FRC students, the Kamen family sponsors this award for the selected top students.
Grant provides greater access to Quality STEM Experiences for K-12 Students
Seattle, WA – March 7, 2017 – FRC Team 4911 CyberKnights, a robotics team from King’s High School, is proud to announce they have qualified for the 2017 STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant awarded by FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). This grant adds to FIRST’s commitment to address the inequities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among underrepresented and underserved students. This grant is designed to help ensure that more of these students, and their communities, are exposed to creative problem-solving and hands-on learning, and are educated about future career opportunities available to them.
On March 21 and 22, our team competed at Shorewood High School. We partnered with the alliance captain Titan Robotics Club team 492 and with Ramen team 4461. Our alliance performed well at the competition, and we had a great time with them. We won the District Chairman’s Award, which is the most prestigious award in FIRST, “honoring the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST” (info provided by FIRST). We are very blessed to receive this particular award as a second-year FRC team.
Our team was very excited to go to Auburn Mountainview High School on Friday, February 27 and on Saturday, the 28 for the first ‘Recycle Rush’ competition. During the qualification matches on Friday, we cheered our team on as we were able to score 143 points, which went on record as the second highest score in the nation for a first meet event! On Saturday, there were a few more qualification matches in the morning, where we finished eighth, allowing us to become an alliance captain. During the eliminations, we teamed up with CPR (#3663) and RoboDynasty (#4726). Though we failed to advance to the semifinals, we were able to work very well with our alliance partners. With our professionally designed and successful robot, we won the Engineering Excellence award.