A short recap of our history.

FRC Team 2052 KnightKrawler was founded in 2007 by Chris Zerby, Jeff Lou, Nate Cmiel, Robert Kronschnabel, and Will St. Charles.

2007

Rack ‘n Roll

This was our rookie year, being started by two seniors. Kicking things off with 10 students, and 4 mentors; we went to the Milwaukee Regional and we completed as a Quarter-Finalist.

2008

FIRST Overdrive

Continuing on with the stable 10 students and 4 mentors in our second year; we went to the Minnesota Regional and completed as Quarter-Finalists.

2009

Lunacy

In our third year, we remained strong with 10 Students, and 4 Mentors. We competed at the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional.

2010

Breakaway

With FIRST and Robotics in Minnesota starting to pick up, we reached 16 Students, 3 Mentors, and 3 Parent Volunteers. We competed at Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional once again.

2011

Logomotion

A transformational year. With 12 Students, 3 Mentors, and 3 Parent Volunteers, we went to Lake Superior Regional, completed as a semi-finalist and won the Motorola Quality Design Award. Additionally, we also competed at 10,000 Lakes Regional, where we completed as a Quarter-Finalist.

2012

Rebound Rumble

Amounting to 20 Students, 6 Mentors, and 5 Parent Volunteers. We competed at the Lake Superior Regional where we became finalists and were awarded the Engineering Excellence Award. Additionally, we also competed at Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional and were semi-finalists and won the Innovation in Control Award. Last, but not least, we competed at MSHSL State Robotics Championship and completed as a Semi-Finalists.

2013

Ultimate Ascent

Beginning our rapid growth, we reached 34 Students, 7 Mentors, and 8 Parent Volunteers. We were regional winners at the Lake Superior Regional, won the FIRST Robotics Competition Duluth Double DECC’er Championships, and won the Judge’s Award. Additionally, we were the regional winners for the the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional and were awarded the Innovation in Control Award. At World Championships, we earned a place as a Quarter-Finalist in the Newton Division. Last, but not least, we were winners at MSHSL State Robotics Championships and were awarded the Next Generation Innovators Award.

2014

Aerial Assist

Just as we felt that we couldn’t grow further, we reached 47 Students, 7 Mentors, and 8 Parent Volunteers. We were regional winners at the Lake Superior Regional, securing a invitation to World Championships. We were also regional winners at the 10,000 Lakes Regional and were awarded the Gracious Professionalism award. At World Championships, we were Quarter-Finalist in the Galileo Division. Last, but not least, we were winners at the MSHSL State Robotics Championships.

2015

Recycle Rush

With incredible student growth in the last 3 years, we decided to move our focus on student recruitment to parent volunteer recruitment to build a stronger mentorship base. We had 43 Students, 8 Mentors, 7 Assistant Mentors, and 19 Parent Volunteers. We were finalists at Lake Superior Regional and were awarded the Industrial Design Award. Similarly, we were finalists at 10,000 Lakes Regional and won the Industrial Design Award. We finished as quarter-finalists at World Championships in the Galileo Division. Last, but not least, we were also finalists in the Minnesota State Robotics Championships.

2016

FIRST Stronghold

Arguably considered one of our best years, we had 40 Students, 8 Mentors, 7 Assistant Mentors, and 19 Parent Volunteers this year. We were finalists at the Lake Superior Regional, won the Excellence in Engineering Award, and earned a wild card invitation to FIRST Championships. We were regional winners at Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional, and won the Chairman’s Award (click here to see our Chairman’s Video). At the FIRST Championships we met our goal by becoming the top alliance in the Carson Division and Quarter finalist at Einstein. From here, we continued to focus on all aspects of Robotics.

2017

FIRST Steamworks

After a striking year, KnightKrawler was honored by being highly recognized and respected by other teams. Reaching 40 Students, 9 Mentors, 3 Assistant Mentors, and 30 Parent Volunteers during this season. We were regional winners at the Lake Superior Regional, where our long-lasting mentor Nate Cmiel was honored with the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. On top of this, Emily Davis was awarded with the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award. Our team was also honored with the Gracious Professionalism Award. We attended the 10,000 Lakes Regional and placed as quarter-finalists, and went on to the Carson Division and placed as Semi-Finalists. Last, but not least, we competed at the MSHSL FIRST Minnesota Robotics Championship and placed as quarter-finalists.

2018

FIRST Power Up

This is our current season. This section will be updated regularly until the conclusion of the season.

We’ve started this season off with 52 Students, 9 Mentors, 6 Assistant Mentors, and 30 Parent Volunteers. So far, we’ve become regional finalists at the Lake Superior Regional, receiving a wildcard to go to FIRST Championships.