Founded in 2004, the Kraken is based out of George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado. As an inner city school, the educational opportunities students are given at George are not the same as at many other schools in Colorado, particularly in STEM fields. Through robotics, we compensate for this by providing an opportunity for advanced STEM education. We have inspired students to pursue STEM fields both in college and as a career. 100% of students who have graduated from our team have either gone on to college or military service. Learn more about our Mentors, Leadership, History, or Awards
Mission: “To empower the youth of the present with the technology of the future by improving tech literacy, teaching applicable engineering skills, and practicing collaboration in an intense environment.”
- Founded as Team Phoenix in 2004 at George Washington High School
- In our first year, we won the Rookie Inspiration Award at the FRC Denver Regional, and have competed at that regional every year since then.
2005 to 2011
- Between the years of 2005 and 2011, our team saw a few sprinkles of success here and there: making it to the quarterfinals in 2005 and 2011 and making the finals in 2007, placing second in the Colorado Regional when our robot came in for the last round of the finals.
- In 2008, our team was rebranded to The Patriotbots.
- Re-branding of our team to “THE KRAKEN”. That same year we won the Imagery Award at the Colorado Regional.
- First year our team competed in two regional competitions, both the Utah and the Colorado events.
- In Utah our team won the Imagery Award, once again promoting our Kraken image.
- Participated in the quarterfinals match at Utah.
- At the Colorado Regional we were seeded 5th with a record of 8-3.
- Along with Team 2996 and 662, we advanced all the way to Finals, but lost by a small margin.
- Qualified and attended the St. Louis Championships as a Wild Card.
- Won the Entrepreneurship Award due to our outstanding business plan.
- Maintained our growth and attended two Regional Competitions again in Utah and Colorado.
- In Utah we ranked 10th with a record of 9-6-0
- In Colorado we ranked 5th with a record of 13-5-0
- We won the award of Regional Finalist in Colorado
- We competed at the Regional Competitions in both Utah and Colorado
- Team 1410 was ranked 19th at the Utah Regional and 11th at the Colorado Regional.
- Our robot was named “The Stack’n Kraken” as our challenge was a recycling themed game centered around stacking recycling totes.
- We received the “Spirit Award” in Colorado for our team’s unrelenting Kraken style.
- This year we decided to compete in Flagstaff, AZ instead of the Utah Regional where we ranked 21st with a record of 8-7-0.
- Between competitions, we worked very diligently and quickly refined our climber mechanism. This lead to a much better performance at the Colorado Regional where we ranked 9th with a record of 10-7-0.
- We left the Colorado Regional with two awards: “The Entrepreneurship Award” and the “Industrial Safety Award”.
- Our robot was named the “Attackin’ Kraken” and was one of a small group of robots, at our regional competitions, that could climb in the last seconds of each round of this Renaissance themed game called “Stronghold”.
- We competed in “Steamworks” a steampunk themed game and won the Entrepreneurship Award for the second time at the St. Louis Regional Competition. We ranked 20th with a record of 5-7-0 due to many technical malfunctions.
- By the time we got to the Colorado regional, we had fixed many of our technical difficulties but still ended up ranking 34th with a record of 5-8-0.
- Awarded the Entrepreneurship Award for the third time in Colorado!!
- We were invited to attend the Houston Championships from the wait list and really upped our game. We completely redesigned our mechanism for picking up gears off the floor. After qualifying for the semi-finals in our Division (Hopper), we competed with three other awesome teams, including the Hall of Fame winner “Thunder Down Under” and ranked 27th in our Division.
- We competed in “Power Up”, an 80’s Video Game themed challenge at the Utah and Colorado regionals.
- At the Utah regional, we were ranked 42nd with a qual record of 4-5-0, but were picked by the first seed alliance, Team 1678 (Citrus Circuits) and Team 399 (Eagle Robotics), and went on to win the regional.
- At the Colorado regional, we ranked 12th with a qual record of 7-4-0 and captained the 8th seed alliance with Team 2240 (Brute Force) and Team 5763 (Lightning Robotics), and were eliminated in the quarterfinals after 2 losses against the 1st seed alliance.
- We attended the Houston Championship and competed in the Carver subdivision and ranked 24th with a qual record of 6-4-0.
- This year we competed in “Destination Deep Space”, a game centered around escaping a sandstorm plauged plannet. We competed at the Oklahoma and Colorado regionals, as well as two offseason events (The Indiana Robotics Invitational and The Kendrick Castillo Robotics Invitational).
- At Oklahoma we ranked 6th with a qual record of 8-1-0 and captained the 6th seed alliance (along with Team 4499, The Highlanders and Team 2461, METAL-SKINS) to the finals where we lost in a tie-breaker match. We quallified as a Wildcard and we won the Inovation and Control award.
- At Colorado, we ranked 13th with a qual record of 7-3-0, and were the first pick of the 1st seed alliance captianed by Team 1619, Up-A-Creek Robotics and with 2nd pick, Team 4068 BEARbotics, won the regional in a tie breaker match.
- We competed at the Houstan championship in the Roebling division where we ranked 64th with a qual record of 3-7-0 and were the 3rd pick of the first alliance. We were eliminated in the quarterfinals with a playoff record of 1-2-0.
- We competed in “Infinite Recharge” a game inspired and sponsored by Star Wars. We were only able to compete in the Utah Regional this year due to COVID-19.
- At the Utah regional we reached alliance selection in 1st seed with a record of 9-1-0 and with our wonderful alliance partners, Team 8 (Paly Robotics) and Team 3245 (Ravens), we won the regional with a playoff record of 6-0-0. While at Utah we won the Entrepreneurship Award for our 5th time overall
Future: After 16 years, we truly appreciate what it takes to be a FIRST team. Our future team goals center around the themes of:
- Sustainability of our team
- Advocating for STEM involvement in all portions of our school and our community.
- Sponsoring and helping FLL Junior and other FRC Teams.
- Continuing our outreach at community events.
To find out some more about the team, visit the links below!