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November 26, 2013 > RoboKnights win robotics qualifier tournament

RoboKnights win robotics qualifier tournament

Submitted By Lily Kong

Fourteen robotics teams, from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sacramento Valley, came together to compete at the first FTC Robotics Tournament of 2013-2014, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifier Tournament at Sequoia High School in Redwood City on November 16, 2013. RoboKnights, a team of four 8th and 9th graders from Fremont, was one of the youngest teams in the tournament, competing against high school teams. RoboKnights won the highest award - ÒInspire AwardÓ - at the tournament and advanced to the Regional Championship scheduled for February 23, 2014 at Newark Memorial High School.

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics tournaments are organized under the auspices of F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology:, a program that has received recognition by the US Congress Committee on Education and Labor as a model program. The Inspire Award is awarded to the Òrole-model FTC TeamÓ that Òtruly embodied the ÔchallengeÕ of the FTC program.Ó Besides being a strong competitor on the field, and top contender for all other judging categories, the Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalismª both on and off the playing field. RoboKnights are proud to represent the spirit of FIRST.

RoboKnights, has four teammates - Armaan Kalyanpur (Grade 9), Alvin Kong (Grade 8), Shalin Shah (Grade 8), and Eric Zhu (Grade 8). Two of the students are from Hopkins Junior High School of Fremont, one is from Mission San Jose High School, and one attends Stanford OHS.

Another local team to advance to regional competition is also from Fremont, ÒVoltage of ImaginationÓ, consisting of students from Mission San Jose High School and Irvington High School. Silicon Valley represents some of the strongest teams in the World Championship of FTC Robotics and in Silicon Valley. Fremont is gaining prominence as one of the most active Robotics communities anywhere.

For those aspiring to participate in competitive Robotics, RoboKnights offers free demonstrations, introductory training, and mentoring at Fremont Main Library, The Tech Museum of Innovation, and The Intel Kids at Work. RoboKnights can be contacted at

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