“Listen. In order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings forty-three times every second, right?”– Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Established in 2006, The Barstow Kuhnigits are based in Kansas City, MO, at The Barstow School. A product of our small school setting, the team is very close-knit, sharing in a deep sense of family and community. Our name comes from the 1974 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where we follow King Arthur and his not-so valiant knights across Camelot. In one particular scene, a French castle guard calls the Knights "Kuhnigits." Seeing as the Knight is the school mascot of Barstow and the team's love of Monty Python, the choice of the Kuhnigits was an obvious decision. Another staple of the English laugh fest, the killer rabbit, was adopted as the mascot of the budding team. Besides building amazing bots, outreach is our year-round focus. We have partnered with GoBabyGo! to provide alter power-wheel type vehicles into motorized wheelchairs for children with disabilities. We also conduct year-round demos, robotics summer camps, and love inspiring new generations to love STEM!

To begin, let us explain where our name comes from. In the 1974 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, we follow King Arthur and his not-so valiant knights across Camelot. In one particular scene, a French castle guard calls the Knights "Kuhnigits." Seeing as the Knight is the school mascot of Barstow and the team's love of Monty Python, the choice of the Kuhnigits was an obvious decision. Another staple of the English laugh fest, the killer rabbit, was adopted as the mascot of the budding team.

Many members of our team have other activities that they do as well as participate in the FIRST team. We have some amazing debaters as crucial parts of our FIRST team. Other members take part in our school musicals and plays.

We like to help other teams.  Some of our team leaders spend hours coaching other teams, either through ChiefDelphi or through one of the various community outreach programs we're involved in. In addition, we also do demonstrations around the community to educate the surrounding populous on STEM education and robotics and actively assist in the Barstow School's FIRST Lego League team.  We have also earned several awards, including the Coopertition Award, the Imagery Award and Finalist medals and trophies from the Kansas City Regional and the Oklahoma City Regional.

Awards

2016

FIRST Championship

Missouri State Championship - 7th Seed Alliance
Queen City Regional - Chairman's Award
Greater Kansas City Regional - 2nd Seed Alliance
Greater Kansas City Regional - Woodie Flowers Finalist Award
Greater Kansas City Regional - Engineering Inspiration Award

2015

Missouri State Championships- Semi-finalists
Greater Kansas City Regional - Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen
Greater Kansas City Regional - Captains of the 5th alliance and Quarter Finalists
Cow Town Throwdown - Most Gracious Professionalism Award

2014

FIRST Championship
Kansas City Regional - Semi-finalists
Kansas City Regional - Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen
Kansas City Regional - Woodie Flowers Finalist Award
Kansas City Regional - Captains of the 5th alliance
Arkansas Regional - Quarter Finalists
Arkansas Regional - FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award
Arkansas Regional - Regional Chairman’s Award
Cow Town Throwdown - Imagery Award

2013

FIRST Championship
Kansas City Regional - Finalist Captains
Kansas City Regional - Motorola Quality Award
Razorback Regional - Semi-finalist Captains
Razorback Regional - Imagery Award
Cow Town Throwdown - Imagery Award

2012

Oklahoma Regional - Quarterfinalist Captains
Oklahoma Regional - Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen
Cow Town Throwdown - Imagery Award

2011

Kansas City Regional - Regional Finalists
Kansas City Regional - Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen
Minnesota North Star Regional - Semi-finalists
Cow Town Throwdown - Imagery Award

2010

Oklahoma Regional - Regional Finalist Captains
Oklahoma Regional - Coopertition Award
Oklahoma Regional - Quality Award sponsored by Motorola
Cow Town Throwdown - Imagery Award

2009

Kansas City Regional - Chrysler Team Spirit Award

2008

FIRST Championship
KC Regional - Engineering Inspiration

2006

St. Louis Regional -  DaimlerChrysler Team Spirit Award
St. Louis Regional -  Highest Rookie Seed