The CyberKnights’ Mission is to inspire the future leaders of tomorrow and increase opportunities for all students in STEM education. We have learned that fulfillment comes when we serve others and give of ourselves. In each moment of our outreach, we are able to see the immense impact we have on others, fueling our passion to make a difference in the world.
Within our school, we have approximately 10% of our student body involved in FIRST. We currently have:
- 1 FIRST Robotics Competition team
- 4 FIRST Tech Challenge teams
- 3 FIRST LEGO League teams
- 4 FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams
We mentor all of our FTC teams, coach 1 FLL teams, and assist the remaining FLL and FLL Jr. teams. This allows us to ignite a passion for STEM in students of all ages.
Each summer we run two 1-week summer camps. These camps are open to all students at King’s Schools, and provide students with hands-on experience building and programming LEGO robots. We teach two different programs (FIRST® Tech Challenge and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3) for students in a variety of grade levels. At the end of the camp, students compete in a small sports-like competition against robots the students built.
Annually, we host and run 2 FIRST Tech Challenge League meets in the Fall. Our entire team works to organize and run these events, in order to provide a fun experience for all the teams involved.
We attend several festivals, parades, and fairs throughout the year to show our robot and inform our community about FIRST. Over the past several years, we have attended Seattle Mini Maker Faire, Shoreline STEM festival, Bainbridge Island 4th of July Parade, Seafair, King’s High School Carnival, and many other similar events.
Fifth Week Unveiling Ceremony
We hosted the first ever PNW 5th Week Unveiling in 2014, and have continued to host this each year. This is a night at the end to the 5th week of build season where teams showcase what they have built, discuss strategy, enjoy a meal, socialize, and relax before the final week of building and the competitions.
On Martin Luther King Day, FIRST teams from all over Washington meet in Olympia to thank our Legislators for their support of FIRST and to request more funding to help spread the program to more schools in the state. We attend a brief rally in front of the capitol building and then meet one-on-one with district Representatives and Senators. This gives us an opportunity to speak and impress upon them the importance of FIRST and STEM education.
Special Olympics Unified Robotics™ is a student-designed and implemented robotics program open to students with and without intellectual disabilities, as well as students with a variety of learning and behavior challenges. It is the first of its kind and brings the world of STEM and the sport of robotics to more high school students interested in STEM – including many students who are often excluded from extracurricular activities. Team partners work one-on-one with athletes (i.e. students with intellectual disabilities) to build robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Kits. At the final tournament-style competition, each team presents their robot and its features and competes in a new game created each year.Read More
Every summer, we host an annual barbecue party open to FRC teams in the Seattle area. It is a day of celebration with a successful FIRST season. Together, we eat lunch, play sports and games, and socialize. The barbecue is a great opportunity to network and form friendships, without the pressures of build season or competition.
Ronald McDonald House
Every month, members of the Cyberknights go down to Ronald McDonald House in Seattle, hosting a STEM-centric activity night for children and families living in the house. Past activities include building shapes out of paper, such as parachutes, helicopters, and airplanes, building LEGO robots, and making a bottle cup-and-ball game. Ronald McDonald House provides more than 28,000 nights of housing a year for families with children receiving treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
We connected with the Adventure’s Ahead Community Center in South Los Angeles, an area where 85% of students are 1-2 grade levels behind. We helped them win a $10,000 Google RISE Award to bring robotics to students through summer camps and starting FIRST LEGO League Team 1970 Adventures in Robotics. We return annually to help sustain and grow the program, as well as assist the team for the upcoming season.
CyberKnights Uganda is the first East African robotics team to participate in the FIRST® program. The team was started by FRC Team 4911, and is coached by Denish Oleke, graduate of the Beacon of Hope College in Soroti, Uganda. Participating in the FIRST Tech Challenge 2016-2017 season, they will compete at the Israel regional competition in March 2017.Read More
Israel and Vietnam
We partnered with FRC Team 4590 GreenBlitz in Israel to start the first Vietnamese FIRST team. A student and mentor traveled to Israel to work alongside GreenBlitz in teaching the Vietnamese students how to form a robotics team, and how to build a robot. Later that year, two mentors traveled to Vietnam to meet the newly formed Vietnamese team, FRC 6520 Green Ams Robotics Team (GART) to teach them about fundraising, awards, and continuing their education in robotics. We continue to work alongside GreenBlitz and mentor GART through the season. We plan to return to Israel each summer to continue growing FIRST in Vietnam and the Gaza Strip.