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 closely-knit, sharing a 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 obvious. 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 a year-round focus. We have partnered with GoBabyGo! to adapt power-wheel type vehicles into motorized wheelchairs for children with disabilities. We also conduct demos, robotics summer camps, and enjoy inspiring new generations to love STEM!

We like to help other teams.  Some of our leaders spend hours coaching other teams, either through ChiefDelphi or through one of the various community outreach programs we're involved in. Also, we actively assist the Barstow School's FIRST Lego League team.  

Awards

2019

  • FIRST Championship - Houston

    • Carver Subdivision Champions

    • Einstein field: third place

  • Rock City Regional

    • FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award: Aasim Hawa

    • Woodie Flowers Finalist Award: Victoria Cook

    • Judges' Award

  • Central Missouri Regional

    • Regional Winner

2018

  • FIRST Championship - Houston

  • Heartland Regional

    • Excellence in Engineering Award

    • FIRST Dean's List Finalist: Alexey Ayzin

    • 8th Seed Alliance Captain

  • Oklahoma City Regional

    • Engineering Inspiration Award

    • 7th Seed Alliance Captain; Semifinalists

2017

  • FIRST Championship

  • St. Louis Regional

    • Engineering Inspiration Award

    • Regional Finalists

    • 7th Seed Alliance Captain

  • Midwest Regional

    • Judges' Award

    • 5th Seed Alliance

  • Cow Town Throwdown

    • Champions

    • 1st Seed Alliance

2016

  • FIRST Championship

  • Missouri State Championship - 7th Seed Alliance

  • Queen City Regional - Chairman's Award

  • Greater Kansas City Regional

    • 2nd Seed Alliance

    • Woodie Flowers Finalist Award

    • 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