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King’s High School Student Named Dean’s List Finalist in International Robotics Competition

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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.

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King’s High School Robotics to Present at FIRST® World Championships

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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

Mariner High School Student Strengthens Family Bonds Through Unified Robotics

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Gabi Stansberry and Madeleine Schwitters at the 2016 Special Olympics Unified Robotics Championship event at Pacific Science Center.

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

King’s High School Student Named FIRST Dean’s List Semi-Finalist

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Madeleine Schwitters with Mr. Thompson at the 2016 FTC State Championships

Seattle, WA – March 8, 2017FIRST 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.
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King’s High School Robotics Qualify For 2017 STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant

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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.
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Students with Special Needs to Compete in Robotics Challenge

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Unified Robotics finale scheduled for December 16, 2015

Seattle, WA – December 7, 2015 – The CyberKnights, a Washington FIRST® robotics team from Kings High School, is proud to announce the final event for their new program, Unified Robotics.  The friendlier version of ‘Battle Bots’ will be held Wednesday, December 16th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Roosevelt High School.

Unified Robotics is a student-designed and implemented program that is open to students with special needs and a variety of learning challenges.  It’s the first program of its kind Read More

King’s High School Robotics Team Launches Unified Robotics

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After school program introduces robotics, computer programming and engineering to students with special needs or intellectual disabilities.

Seattle, WA – December 1, 2015 – The CyberKnights, King’s High School’s robotics team, is proud to announce the launch of their new program, Unified Robotics.  The student-designed and implemented program is open to students with special needs and a variety of learning challenges.  It’s the first of its kind and brings the world of STEM and robotics to high school students with special needs during a 6-week after school program.

The 6-week program model is currently being tested at Roosevelt High School with the goal to sustain and expand to other Seattle schools, so that the final week will include an inter-school competition in the future.

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