Students with Special Needs to Compete in Robotics Challenge

By December 7, 2015Press Room

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 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.

Students from Ballard High School and Garfield High School are already joining King’s and Roosevelt students for this inaugural season. The CyberKnights are documenting each step of the development of the program in order to create a teaching manual for other schools to start their own clubs.

“We are thrilled with the results of this first season,” said Mike Thompson, Robotics instructor at King’s High School. “We’ve seen a lot of interest and participation from my robotics students, and students with special needs and staff from multiple Seattle public schools.  We are also seeing other schools becoming interested in implementing their own programs.  I am extremely proud of my students and their commitment to spread STEM education to those who wouldn’t normally have this opportunity.”

The final event is open to anyone interested in learning more about Unified Robotics, the press, and schools considering adding this to their curriculum.  For more information and to obtain a guest pass, please contact by December 15, 2015.

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About CyberKnights

The CyberKnights seek to inspire an interest and passion for science and technology while preparing students to become industry leaders in tomorrow’s competitive global marketplace.

The King’s High School’s award-winning robotics program serves as an educational community within King’s Schools as well as FIRST® Robotics. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization that seeks to further education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields and provide an environment in which students can grow academically and acquire skills vital to their professional development such as an exceptional work ethic and problem-solving skills.

The CyberKnights serve as the founding team of King’s Robotics, a group of FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams. In its endeavor to successfully embody FIRST values and goals, the CyberKnights seek to create a team culture that sustains their community for years to come. From team recruitment, developing student leaders, maintaining a gender-equal team, serving as FIRST ambassadors in outreach, collaborating with each other in a student-lead environment and asking corporations to support them as the next generation of leaders, the CyberKnights strive to be an organization of people impacting the world for FIRST.

Starting in 2009 in FIRST Tech Challenge with eight students, the CyberKnights have inspired over 10% of the K-12 students to participate in FIRST programs.  CyberKnights Alumni have gone on to pursue fields in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and return to invest in the program as mentors for the current team. The team continues to develop its members in leadership, collaboration, and communication skills.

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