Rebound Rumble

2012 FIRST Game

Rebound Rumble is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 ft field. Each alliance consists of three robots. They compete to score as many basketballs into their hoops as they can during a 2 minute and 15 second match. The higher the hoop in which the basketball is scored, the more points the alliance receives.

The match begins with a 15-second Hybrid Period in which robots operate independently of driver inputs. During this Hybrid Period, one robot on each alliance may be controlled using a Microsoft Kinect. Baskets scored during this period are worth 3 extra points. For the remainder of the match, drivers control robots and try to maximize their alliance score by scoring as many baskets as possible. Baskets are worth 3, 2, or 1 point in the top, middle, and low hoops, respectively.

The match ends with robots attempting to balance on bridges located at the middle of the field. In Qualification Matches, a robot from each alliance will also try to balance on the white CoopertitionTM bridge to score additional ranking points for each alliance. Scoring for the match is summarized below. One robot balanced is worth 10 points, two is worth 20 points, and three is worth 40 points (only in elimination matches).

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2012 FIRST Robot

Simbot Jordan

Simbot Jordan Robot


  • Riveted aluminum sheet metal chassis, rigid construction to cross the barrier
  • Six wheeled drive utilizing 8" pneumatic wheels
  • Powered by four CIM motors; power transmission via custom two speed transmission, utilizing AndyMark gears, and roller chain drive
  • Approximate top speeds of 4 fps (in low gear) and 14 fps (in high gear)


  • Plastic and sheet metal construction
  • Powered by two AndyMark 9015 motors, power transmission via PG71 gearbox, custom spur gears and roller chain
  • Manipulates bridge for balancing and collecting balls

Roller Intake

  • Located at the end of the arm
  • Collects balls and funnels them between bumpers to elevator
  • Powered by one Fisher-Price motor (00968-9015); power transmission via Fisher-Price gears and timing belts


  • Polycord belts to convey balls from intake to shooter
  • Balls loaded from top of elevator into shooter with pneumatic cylinders for consistent feeding
  • Powered by one Fisher-Price motor (00968-9015); power transmission via Fisher-Price gears

Turreted Shooter

  • Wheels drive ball against polycarbonate hood to launch them toward the basket
  • Dual wheeled with 8” FIRST wheels coated with paint on urethane
  • Shooter wheels powered by one BaneBots RS-550 motor; power transmission via Fisher-Price gears
  • Hood adjustment actuated by two pneumatic cylinders
  • Shooter assembly turreted for fine rotation adjustment
  • Turret powered by one BaneBots RS-550 motor; power transmission via Fisher-Price gears mating to laser cut sheet metal turret gear

Balancing "Dingus"

  • Used to assist the balancing of robots on the bridge
  • Helps the bridge reach its equilibrium as robots move to position on the bridge
  • Pneumatic piston with a ball knob mounted at the end of its rod
  • Mounted inside the frame perimeter at the rear of the robot


  • Encoders on each side of the drivetrain to track wheel rotation
  • Yaw and pitch gyros used to track heading and tilt of robot
  • Light sensors to detect possession of balls
  • Arm position tracked with potentiometer
  • Shooter wheel encoder to track wheel speed
  • Turret utilizes encoder used to track rotation and camera used to detect basket position

2012 FIRST Events

Indiana Robotics Invitational



  • Event Champion
  • 4-5-0 record in qualifying, with a Qualification Score of 8.0, Ranked 42 of 70 teams
  • 5th Alliance Pick
  • Elimination Alliance: 2826, 1114, 4334, 245
  • IFI Scholarship: Taylor Nicholson
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FIRST Championship - Einstein Field


  • World Semi-Finalists

FIRST Championship



  • Chairman's Award
  • Archimedes Division Champion
  • 4-4-1 record in qualifying, Qualification Score of 17, Ranked 66 of 100 teams
  • 2nd alliance pick
  • Elimination Alliance: Teams 2056, 1114, 4334
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Team 1114: Simbotics is truly honoured to be recognized with the Chairman’s Award this past weekend. The Chairman’s Award is given to the team that best demonstrates the greatest commitment to spreading passion about science and technology to other people around the world. After five consecutive regional Chairman’s Awards, Simbotics has joined the FIRST Hall of Fame. Simbotics is the first Canadian team and first 4-digit number team to win the Chairman’s Award.

In the past decade, we have won 19 regionals, 1 world championship, and 6 Regional... More

FRC Greater Toronto West Regional



  • Regional Finalist - Silver Medalist
  • 9-1-0 record in qualifying, with a Qualification Score of 32.0, Ranked 2 of 55 teams
  • Elimination Alliance: Teams 3161, 1114, 2634
  • Industrial Design Award
  • Website Award
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Simbotics, Team 1114 entered Greater Toronto West Regional as our final regional for the 2012 season. After two regional wins, Simbotics were hoping to claim a third. Simbot Jordan had a successful Friday filled with eventful matches, coming out with a record of 6-1 and 10 co-opertition Points. Our team was also awarded with our third website award of the season. Congratulations to our website team for this tremendous achievement!

It came down to Simbotics’ final qualification match and despite the victory, we... More

FRC Waterloo Regional



  • Regional Champion - Gold Medalist
  • 9-2-0 record in qualifying, with a Qualification Score of 32.0, Ranked 1 of 30 teams
  • 1st Alliance Captain
  • Elimination Alliance: Teams 1114, 2056, 4372
  • Industrial Design Award
  • Website Award
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Team 1114, Simbotics. entered the 2012 Waterloo Regional with our robot Simbot Jordan looking to build on the success found at the Greater Toronto East Regional. After Friday’s matches, we were in second place with a 7-2 record and a 26 Qualification Score. On Friday we were also recognized by winning our second Website award of the season.

We began Saturday in a difficult position behind 3161, but luckily after two matches each we finished... More

FRC Greater Toronto East Regional



  • Regional Champion - Gold Medalist
  • 9-1-0 record in qualifying, with a Qualification Score of 29.0, Ranked 1 of 36 teams
  • 1st Alliance Captain
  • Elimination Alliance: Teams 1114, 2056, 1219
  • Regional Chairman's Award
  • FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award: Taylor Nicholson & Craig Robinson
  • Website Award
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Team 1114 began our 2012 season at the Greater Toronto East Regional, where Simbot Jordan was unveiled. Simbotics had a very successful first day, going 6-1 in Friday’s qualifying matches, and ending the day with the regional Website award.

After another successful day, Simbotics finished as the first seed with a record of 9-1-0, and then selected Team 2056, OP Robotics, along with Team 1219, Iron Eagles. After some tough elimination matches, Simbotics emerged victorious. Thanks to... More

2012 Publicity

Simbotics on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet

Simbotics: Team 1114 premiered on the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet May 9, 2012. The segment features Simbotics students involved in designing, building and running the robot as well as a look... More

Gearing up for the Robogames

CHCH filmed a live segment on April 4th at our shop, featuring all St. Catharines VEX teams heading to the World Championship in Anaheim. More

Governor Simcoe students create robotics teaching app

When it comes to robotics, Governor Simcoe Secondary School has been leading the way in Niagara for quite some time. Simbotics, Team 1114 is a group of approximately 25 students between the ages of... More