Team 195 Cyber Knights
Southington High School FIRST Robotics Team
FIRST Robotics Team 195, the Cyber Knights, is dedicated to reaching out to all Southington High School students that are interested in learning about engineering, science, math, computer programming and technology. We work side-by-side with engineers and mentors to build a robot that is designed to complete specific tasks.
At the FIRST kick-off event held each January, teams are given a new challenging game. Teams are given six weeks to design, build, practice and then ship a fully-functioning robot to the regional and national competitions.
Team 195 works diligently during the six weeks to build the robot with engineers, mentors, parents and volunteers. Without these people, the team would not exist.
Team 195's Mission
Team 195's mission is much like that of the mission of FIRST. Our goal is to get students involved in engineering and other science related fields with an activity that extends beyond that of a normal after-school program. Students learn valuable life skills such as communication, leadership, sportsmanship, respect and teamwork.
Contact Us At: TEAM195@COX.NET
Team 195 originated in 1997 when Johnson & Johnson Medical approached Southington High School about the FIRST Program. The first season of 1998, the team consisted of six students and attended one competition and was awarded the “Play of the Day” Award in Rutgers, New Jersey. The next three years through 2001 the team consisted of ten students and attended only the local UTC New England Regional in Hartford, Connecticut.
By 2002 the team had grown to fifteen members and attended not only the UTC Regional but also the SBPLI Regional in Brentwood, NY. At both competitions they were awarded the Johnson & Johnson Sportsmanship Award.
In 2003 the team again attended the UTC Regional, and placed 3rd out of 38 teams. This was the first year that the team was fortunate enough to attend the National Championship in Houston, Texas where they placed 17th out of 94 teams.
In 2004 For the first year, the robot was designed, built and programmed at SHS. The team attended the UTC Regional earning the Entrepreneurship Award and placing 11th. They also attended the New Jersey Regional where they placed 3rd and were awarded the Sportsmanship Award.
By 2005 The team attended the UTC Regional placing 3rd out of 34 teams and also attended the National Championship held in Atlanta, Georgia.
The teams greatest achievements occurred in 2006. The team attended the UTC New England Regional where they were quarter finalists, and also won the Regional Radio Shack Innovation in Control Award. At the National Championship held in Atlanta, Georgia, the team earned the title of Newton Division Winner and went on to be a 2006 Championship Finalist. The team also received the National Radio Shack Innovation in Control Award.
In 2007 the team won the Connecticut UTC Regional in Hartford and received the General Motors Industrial design Award. At the National Competition in Atlanta, GA the team ranked 3rd out of 86 teams in the Curie Division.
In 2008 Team 195 was semifinalist in three Competitions. The Connecticut UTC Regional in Hartford, the Galileo Division at the National Competition in Atlanta, GA and The Battlecry at Worcester Poly Tech in MA. We also received an Excellence in Engineering Award at the WPI Battlecry.
Throughout the years, all of the team’s graduating seniors have gone on to higher education. Many students received FIRST scholarships to prestigious universities such as Northeastern, Clarkson, and Rochester Institute of Technology.
Our name is now becoming familiar in both the local community and throughout the First Robotics Network. The September 2008 team is expected to near 50 students. Its amazing what a great impact the Cyber Knights is making today and what a valuable benefit it will be able to provide to the future of these students. This would not exist without the support of our sponsors who are investing in the future of our students.
What is FIRST?
Dean Kamen, an accomplished inventor, founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FIRST, a not-for-profit organization based in Manchester, New Hampshire, designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while energizing and motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. With the support of many of the world's most well-known companies, FIRST hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students and the FIRST LEGO League for children 9-14 years old. To learn more about FIRST and the FIRST Robotics Competition, go to http://www/first.org.