It was a battle to the finish but the Kinetic Knights Robotics Team 781's robot, "Duncan," was up to the task as it and its alliance partners stormed the FIRST Stronghold, bringing gold back to Kincardine from the Buckeye Regional in Cleveland, Ohio, on the weekend.
The team competed in qualification matches Friday, ending the day with five wins and two losses, and ranked in third place. Following Saturday's qualifiers, the team had six wins and three losses and was in 10th place.
The Kinetic Knights compete in their second qualification match Friday, March 18, at the Buckeye Regional; videos by David Dadson
During alliance selection, the Kinetic Knights were chosen by Team 4039, Makeshift Robotics, of Hamilton (the only other Canadian team at the regional) to join Alliance 1, along with Team 4121, Viking Robotics, of North Canton, Ohio.
Alliance 1 defeated all the competition, through the quarter-finals and semi-finals, right to the finals where it won the first match, lost the second match, but squeaked out a victory in the tie-breaking game, 119-118, for the regional win.
The Kinetic Knights, join Alliance partners, Makeshift Robotics and Viking Robotics, in winning the tie-breaker in the finals at the Buckeye Regional
This means the Kinetic Knights are eligible to compete at the world championships in St. Louis, Missouri, in April.
Team 781 has competed at the worlds for the past five years. In 2011, the team was part of the Alliance that finished second at the world championships. In, 2012, the team won the Queen City Regional in Cincinnati, Ohio, and for the past three years, has been eligible by winning the Chairman's Award twice, and the Engineering Inspiration award.
Alliance 1 competes in an elimlination match at the Buckeye Regional
The Kinetic Knights of Kincardine and Makeshift Robotics of Hamilton, sing O Canada at the Buckeye Regional