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

2018

    Heartland Regional
    • Excellence in Engineering Award
    • FIRST Dean's List Finalist
    • 8th Seed Alliance Captain
    Oklahoma City Regional
    • Engineering Inspiration Award
    • 7th Seed Alliance Captain; Semifinalists

    2017

    FIRST Championship
    St. Louis Regional - Engineering Inspiration Award
    St. Louis Regional - Regional Finalists
    St. Louis Regional - 7th Seed Alliance Captain
    Midwest Regional - Judges' Award
    Midwest Regional - 5th Seed Alliance
    Cow Town Throwdown - Champions
    Cow Town Throwdown - 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
    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