The CyberKnights, also known as FIRST Team 195, is a robotics team from Southington, CT. The team has actively participated in regional and championship FIRST competitions since our first season in 1998. This is our 25th year participating in FRC! Each year, the FIRST Robotics Competition releases a new game that challenges teams of young people to build a robot using a common set of rules. Over 2000 teams around the world design, build, and program robots to compete in the challenge.
FIRST provides tremendous value to students. It offers hands-on learning and preparation for their future in the STEM field. The program is designed to help young people discover the challenges and rewards facing engineers and scientists today. Our team is made up of 60 students on different sub teams and 42 mentors of various skill sets.
The Cyber Knight's mission is to bring the celebration of science and technology to the forefront of our community. Our team is dedicated to providing STEM opportunities to everyone in our town and currently supports 7 FIRST Lego League teams at local elementary schools, as well as one FIRST Lego League Jr. team that we created. In addition, we run community outreach events and have strong relationships with local assisted living centers, Veteran organizations, and the local food pantry. Our international outreach efforts expand all the way to Uganda, where we partner with Guiding Light Orphans. All of this work, along with the costs of building a robot, requires plenty of funding. We rely upon and are lucky to have a network of over 50 sponsors.
FIRST Robotics Team 195’s mission is to bring the celebration of science and technology to the forefront of our community. FIRST brings tremendous value to students from an experiential learning, college readiness and social perspective. This program provides a unique “varsity sport of the mind” designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and scientists can be.