Breakaway

2010 FIRST Game

Breakaway is played on a 27-by-54 foot carpeted field with two "bumps" separating the field into three zones. Breakaway involves two alliances of three robots each, trying to score soccer balls into either of their two goals. The robots are designed to kick a ball or try to defend the other alliance's goals to prevent the opposing alliance from scoring. During the last 20 seconds of the match the robots try to hang off the tower or their alliance partner’s robots to gain bonus points.

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2010 FIRST Robot

Simbot Quatchi

Simbot Quatchi Robot

Specifications

  • Riveted aluminum sheetmetal chassis
  • Reinforced with wood spacers
  • 8WD, 6" Pneumatic wheels, positioned to optimize bump climbing
  • 4 CIMs through a custom three speed transmission, geared for approximately 5 feet/sec, 12 feet/sec, and neutral
  • Low center of gravity to prevent tipping

Kicker

  • Uses surgical tubing as energy for the kicker
  • Winch is used to retract kicker, powered by a Fisher Price motor in a Dewalt gearbox
  • Pneumatic cylinder disengages winch and releases kicker

Roller

  • Two horizontal bars to pinch ball
  • Bottom bar is fixed and covered in high traction tape
  • Top bar powered by a CIM in a DeWalt gearbox via a belt, covered in high traction urethane
  • Belt can slip and acts as a clutch once the ball is possessed
  • The belt also forces the roller assembly down, to ensure ball has contact with the floor

Hanger

  • Designed to hang on vertical bars
  • Latch system to lock onto bar using a "tree stand" design to prevent slip
  • Pneumatic cylinder is used to extend arm, winch is used to retract
  • Power Take-off system uses the drivetrain transmissions to power the winch, while the actual drivetrain is in neutral
  • Second latch attaches to prevent back driving

Sensors

  • Drive: Encoders on each side of the drivetrain used to calculate information such as distance travelled and velocity. Gyro used to keep track of angle.
  • Kicker: Encoder is used to retract kicker to pre-set positions for different kick distances and trajectories

2010 FIRST Season Recap

Team 1114, Simbotics entered the 2010 season hoping to build on their performance from 2009.

Swept up by an Olympic year, Simbotics Chairman's Award theme and robot name (Simbot Quatchi) both displayed the enthusiasm Canada showed for the games. The team was able to capture its fourth Regional Chairman’s Award in team history. A very successful regional season earned them Regional Champion Banners at the Pittsburgh, Greater Toronto and Waterloo regionals; marking the third time in Simbotics history that three regional wins were captured in a single season. At the regional events, an additional seven awards were captured including, among others, an Industrial Design Award at the Greater Toronto Regional.

The team entered the World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia with high expectations and were placed in a strong Curie Division. Simbotics seeded first in qualification rounds and along with Las Guerrillas (Team 469) and The Robocats (Team 2041) managed to capture a Curie Division title and make it to the Einstein Field. Unfortunately, after two tough matches, the alliance was knocked off by a strong Newton alliance and Simbotics left with World Finalist honours.

Driver: Matt C.
Operator: Jessa P.
Human Player: Taylor N.
Coach: Kyle W.
Chairman's Presenters: Craig R., Stacey W.

2010 FIRST Events

Indiana Robotics Invitational

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Results

  • Event Finalist
  • 6-2-0 record in qualifying
  • Seeding score of 254
  • 2nd alliance pick
  • Ranked 8th out of 78 teams
  • Elimination Alliance 1086, 1114, 2056, 3138
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Team 1114 and Simbot Quatchi were invited to attend the Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI), which once again boasted a strong field including two of the three World Champions (294 and 67) and two of the three World Finalists (1114 and 469). After a few tough losses and poor seeding scores, we found ourselves in 17th position following Friday's matches. After the conclusion of qualifying matches, the top three seeds ended up as Team 330, "Beach Bots", Team 1086, "Blue Cheese" and Team 33,... More

FIRST Championship - Einstein Field

Results

  • World Finalist - Silver Medalist
  • Curie Champions
  • Defeated Archimedes Champions - 233, 254, 3357
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Team 1114 and Quatchi entered the Championships in Atlanta with high hopes and were in a strong Curie Division that included 33 regional victories and teams such as 469 (two MI District Wins and a MI State Championship Win with a unique robot), 1732 (two Regional Wins), 1986 (one Regional Win) and 111. After eight matches through a day and a half of qualifying, we were just five seeding points ahead of Team 111. Friday also included a 6 vs 0 match, where we helped 469 and 111 to a 29-0 victory, our first loss of the season. Thanks to the help of our alliance of Teams 231 and 288, we were... More

FIRST Championship - Curie Division

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Results

  • Division Champion - Gold Medalist
  • 9-1-0 record in qualifying, with a seeding score of 301, Ranked 1 of 86 teams
  • 1st Alliance Captain
  • Elimination Alliance: 1114, 469, 2041
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Team 1114 and Quatchi entered the Championships in Atlanta with high hopes and were in a strong Curie Division that included 33 regional victories and teams such as 469 (two MI District Wins and a MI State Championship Win with a unique robot), 1732 (two Regional Wins), 1986 (one Regional Win) and 111. After eight matches through a day and a half of qualifying, we were just five seeding points ahead of Team 111. Friday also included a 6 vs 0 match, where we helped 469 and 111 to a 29-0 victory, our first loss of the season. Thanks to the help of our alliance of Teams 231 and 288, we were... More

Greater Toronto Regional

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Results

  • Regional Champion - Gold Medalist
  • 10-0-1 record in qualifying, with a seeding score of 253, Ranked 1 of 52 teams
  • 1st Alliance Captain
  • Elimination Alliance: 1114, 2056, 1547
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Simbot Quatchi entered its final regional of the 2010 season after successful regionals in Pittsburgh and Waterloo. The team entered the Greater Toronto Regional (GTR) as five-time defending champions (2005-2009), the last three with Team 2056, "Patriotics". Team 1114 and 1114 alumni had a very successful Friday. The Simbots were seeded second with an average seeding score of 21.15 and also took home the regional Best Website Award. Team 2056 were seeded first with an average seeding score of 23.84 and their coach and mentor, Tyler Holtzman, took home the... More

Waterloo Regional

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Results

  • Regional Champion - Gold Medalist
  • 11-0-0 record in qualifying, with a seeding score of 253, Ranked 1 of 30 teams
  • 1st Alliance Captain
  • Elimination Alliance: Teams 1114, 2056, 296
  • Chairman's Award
  • Engineering Excellence Award
  • Coopertition Award, with a coopertition bonus of 96
  • Excellence in Design Award
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After a very successful debut at the Pittsburgh Regional, Simbot Quatchi made his second appearance of the season at the Waterloo Regional. After winning the Waterloo Regional for three consecutive years from 2006 to 2008, Simbotics did not attend this event in 2009. Thus the team was very excited to return to an event, which has always felt like a second home. Despite a successful day of qualifying matches on Friday, two disqualifications left us seeded in second place behind our friends from Team 2056, "Patriotics... More

Pittsburgh Regional

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Results

  • Regional Champion - Gold Medalist
  • 11-0-1 record in qualifying, with a seeding score of 244, Ranked 1 of 31 teams
  • 1st Alliance Captain
  • Elimination Alliance: Teams 1114, 63, 117
  • Xerox Creativity Award
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Pittsburgh was the first competition of the 2010 season for Simbotics. After practice matches Thursday night and Friday morning, Simbot Quatchi entered the qualifications with a high score of 20. Friday's qualification rounds went well and through seven matches 1114 was the number one seed by a margin of 12 seeding points over team 63, with a total of seeding score of 141. Friday also brought another award to Team 1114, the Xerox Creativity Award for the unique way in which Quatchi hangs off of the vertical support bars of the tower. After Saturday's qualification matches, Simbotics were... More

2010 Publicity

Governor Simcoe SS international leader

One of the world's leading after-school robotics programs is at Governor Simcoe SS in St. Catharines. Governor Simcoe recently cemented its international reputation with a second-place finish in the... More