Robotics Teams

TKA MidKnight Robotics teams compete with other FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams in the Bay Area.

TKA has two team - MidKnight Madness #7854 and MidKnight Mayhem #15385 - comprised of up to fifteen high school students each. 
For more information about the TKA program, contact the team coaches via email: robotics@tka.org.

TKA Robotics Celebrates Achievements for the 2020-2021 Season! 

Congratulations to the members of MidKnight Madness who received the "Connect Award" which is given to the team that most connects with their local STEM community. 

The team is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the team itself. The winner of this award is the team that has a clear team plan and has identified steps to achieve their goal.


Congratulations to members of MidKnight Mayhem who received 2nd Place for the Collins Aerospace Innovate Award. 

This award celebrates a team that thinks outside the box and has the ingenuity and creativity to make their designs come to life and produced a creative robot design solution to any specific components in the game.

2020-2021 Accomplishments

View the season celebration slideshow below:

MidKnight Mayhem Design Process

Watch this design process video! (5:14)

Madness Robot Reveal

Watch this robot go! (1:33)

Robotics Team 2020-2021

The 2020-21 FTC challenge ULTIMATE GOAL kicked off on September 12th. For more information from FIRST, check out the FTC kickoff website.

The FTC season runs from September through January, with the NorCal Championships in late February or early March. This year, the qualifying tournaments through at least December 2020 will be virtual events. Plans for in-person events start in January 2021.

Teams meet three times/week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:30-6:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings 9:00 a.m.- noon. 

The Robotics team fee for this season will be $450, which includes individual tool kits and team shirts for each student and also covers team expenses such registrations, robot parts and materials, equipment and coaches' stipends. Families will be billed through TKA FACTS system.

The TKA robotics team members contribute a variety of skills, and no prior experience is required.

We train new members on CAD, 3D printing, hardware prototyping, and software with Android Studio to program in Java.We also have an on-campus machine shop to design and manufacture parts. The team is run like a small business, with marketing, fundraising, team management, and presentation skills needed as well.