John Slebodnick 1955-2017

The PowerKnights are sad to announce the passing of a former mechanical parent mentor. John Slebodnick joined our team in 2004 and stayed on after his son’s graduation to help with robot build. In 2008 John injured his back and was not able to help out after that. We named our 2009 Lunacy robot “Slebodnick” in his honor. One of our former mentors Jefferson Hall remembers him fondly, “John helped in any way he could, but mostly he was one of our expert machinists and all around nice guy.  He taught me a lot about turning handles in that machine shop.  He had a canny mechanical mind and was a major contributor to the team’s success during that time.”

John’s obituary can be read here

$5.01 for 501 Campaign Launched!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, MANCHESTER, NH

The PowerKnights FRC Team 501 FIRST Robotics Club, a 4-H organization launches its first ever crowdfunding capital campaign $5.01 for 501 to raise funds for much needed equipment, materials and tools. To make a donation, click on

The campaign will be running from November 15th through January 5, 2018, the day before the FIRST Robotics 2018 season kickoff weekend. Any Individuals and organizations interested in learning more about The PowerKnights FIRST Robotics Club, FRC Team 501 or the $5.01 for 501 Capital Fundraising Campaign are invited to call Patrick Steger, FRC Team 501 Mentor and Campaign Chair at 603-512-9166 or via email at

All Manchester Team BBQ

One of the mentors from Team FUSION will be hosting a BBQ Bonfire / pool party for all of the Manchester robotics teams and their families on Saturday August 12th in celebration of a great season! They will be providing burgers and dogs and ask that people bring a dish pot luck style. There should be plenty to do. They will have yard games like corn hole, horse shoes a pool table ping pong etc.

The party will be from 2 – 10 PM ish.

The Address is 88 Birch Rd Chester NH.

Festival of Champions This Weekend!

The FIRST Festival of Champions is here! Friday night team social and Saturday morning competition! We hope to see you and your family there! Check calendar and emails for details. Robotics teams from all over the world will be converging on Manchester! You don’t want to miss this.

Houston / St Louis Watch Party

We will be holding a Championship Watch Party at West on Saturday the 29th.

Saturday will be the St Louis Championship.

There will be some donated food, (pizza, etc) but there may not be enough for everyone. Please either donate some dinner, or bring your own.

Below is a map of where to park and enter, and an image of the entrance to use. Click on either image to enlarge!
Please park in the lot on Hecker Street and enter at the Woodshop.



2017 Steamworks Season Summary

The PowerKnights wrapped up a very successful competition season on April 8th at UNH.

For our first event at WPI, we ranked 3rd of 40 teams and were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

In our second event at Bedford HS, we ranked 5th of 41 teams and proceeded to the semifinals. We were also awarded the Excellence in Engineering Award.

At the New England District Championship we seeded 9th, and captained the #8 alliance. We were eliminated after two matches by the eventual winner of the event. We have the dubious honor of having the highest losing score (470 points) in all of FIRST so far this year.

Our alliance partners were Manchester Central and Manchester School of Technology. This is the first and only time that an All-Manchester Alliance has competed at a modern FIRST event.

Our team qualified for the FIRST World Championships in St Louis, MO being held at the end of the month, ranking #19 out of 194 teams in New England.

Thank you for your continued support of The PowerKnights.

UNH District Championship Information

We will be verifying student numbers for the UNH competition early this week.

The DC will be April 6,7,8 at the UNH Whittemore Center. We will be providing transportation.

More information as it becomes available.

Please prepare to confirm your availability.

Build Season is Here!

Our weekly build schedule is as follows:

Monday OFF
Tuesday 6:30-9:00pm GHS Woodshop
Wednesday 6:30-9:00pm GHS Woodshop
Thursday 6:30-9:00pm GHS Woodshop
Friday 6:30-9:00pm GHS Woodshop
Saturday 9:00am-5:pm GHS Woodshop (Approximate)
Sunday 9:00am-5:pm GHS Woodshop (Approximate)

You DO NOT need to attend every session. School work is priority one!