About Us

IgKNIGHTers - Team 3173 (2017)


From our inception, the IgKNIGHTers have striven to be an example to other teams. In 2009, the team was formed by McQuaid Teacher, John Maxwell, and two students. At the regional, they met Ralph Hudak, who was a mentor for Webster SparX (Team 1126). Together, they expanded the McQuaid team from two students to eighteen. Today, we have had members from McQuaid Jesuit High School, Our Lady of Mercy High School, and Brighton High School. When we started out, we had limited knowledge of what we were doing and had very few resources. In spite of this, we won the Highest Rookie Seed and the Inspiration Awards in 2010. Building on our success, two years later we went to the St. Louis World Championships and placed third in the Galileo division. As a result of our team's passion for robotics, every year since our establishment we have won awards and served as ambassadors for FIRST.

Mission Statement

The IgKNIGHTers, a FIRST robotics team, led by students who are "Men and Women for Others," strives to give its members a positive, real-world learning experience and ignite a passion for STEM.

What is First?

FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Dean Kamen, the founder of the FIRST program, is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST. FIRST is an acronym which means For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

Where are We?

The IgKNIGHTers are based out of McQuaid Jesuit High School located at 1800 South Clinton Ave. in Rochester NY. McQuaid is Rochester’s only male, Catholic college preparatory school, teaching from grades 6 to 12 and founded in 1954. McQuaid is a Jesuit high school and as such has both academic and religious dimensions which merge into a single purpose, that of forming young men to be “Men for Others.”

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