Ultimate Ascent

2013 FIRST Game

ULTIMATE ASCENT is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second match.


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2013 FIRST Robot

Simbot B.A. Baracus

Simbot B.A. Baracus Robot


  • Riveted aluminum sheet metal chassis
  • Base contoured to aid stability while climbing
  • Six wheeled drive utilizing 6" x 1” VEXpro traction wheels
  • Powered by four CIM motors; power transmission via custom two speed transmission, utilizing VEXpro ball shifter components and roller chain drive
  • Approximate top speeds of 6.7 fps (in low gear) and 15 fps (in high gear)

"Flipadelphia" Bar

  • Steel bar in opening at the front of the robot used to drive up the corner pyramid pole to start the hang sequence
  • Held in place using landing gear style mechanism which is driven by a servo

Hanging Arm

  • Two stage linear bearing telescoping arm capable of level 3 climbing
  • Constructed from sheet metal, nylon, and derlin rods
  • Extends via constant force spring and surgical tubing, retracts using ratchet strap winch
  • Winch is powered by two CIM motors in a custom gearbox using VEXpro gears, bearings, and shafts
  • Arm raises and lowers to get over the knuckle using pneumatics

Fixed Hooks

  • Two steel shafts extend out of the base of the robot to act as fixed hooks while the arm extends to the next level
  • Driven by pneumatics, supported through linear bearings

Horseshoe Hopper

  • U-shaped sheet metal hopper to minimize human loading and shooting time
  • Holds 4 frisbees and feeds them to the shooter using a lexan half turn helix
  • Pool noodle “brush” powered by a BAG motor through a 10:1 VEXpro VersaPlanetary Gearbox

Hopper Door

  • In open position, extends hopper to human load slot for smooth transition
  • In closed position, retains frisbees while driving and increases inclination to aid gravity fed loading
  • Pneumatic actuation

Feeder Wheel

  • 2” urethane wheel used to feed frisbees from the helix to the shooter
  • Powered by a BAG motor through a 20:1 VEXpro VersaPlanetary Gearbox


  • Dual 4” urethane wheel shooter, each powered by two RS-550 motors through custom gearboxes using Fischer-Price/SDP-SI gears
  • Adhesive backed urethane on opposing wall

2013 FIRST Events

FIRST Championship

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The Championship is the culmination of the season's programs, bringing together three separate robotics competitions for the ultimate Sport for the Mind. The event includes the Robotics Competition Championship, the Tech Challenge World Championship, and the LEGO League World Festival. Also featured is the Junior LEGO League World Festival Expo.

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FRC Greater Toronto West Regional



  • Regional Champion - Gold Medalist
  • 10-1-0 record in qualifying, with a Qualification Score of 20, Ranked 2 of 44 Teams
  • Elimination Alliance - 1114, 2056, 4814
  • Industrial Design Award

The Greater Toronto West Regional is the fourth and final Canadian event and is home to the largest regional FRC event in Canadian history. This marquee event attracts elite teams from the area and beyond. The level of play speaks for itself: the Greater Toronto West Regional pits Canada’s best robots under one roof. With 50 teams competing for the GTR West championship title, additional space has to be setup in the Hershey Centre’s adjacent practice arena. Teams will setup their “pits” just like in NASCAR, where they will frenetically repair and improve on their robots in-between matches. The best part is the “pits” are open to the public to experience behind-the-scenes what it takes to produce a world-class robot. More

FRC Waterloo Regional



  • Regional Champion - Gold Medalist
  • 11-1-0 record in qualifying, with a Qualification Score of 22, Ranked 2 of 32 Teams
  • Elimination Alliance - 1114, 2056, 4069
  • Industrial Design Award
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After our success at the Greater Toronto East Regional, Simbotics entered the Waterloo Regional excited to be joined by many new Canadian teams. Simbot B.A Baracus had another busy Thursday with some modifications made and had another successful Friday with our first 50 point climb and dump of the season. Friday also saw a match where we were aligned with our friends at 2056, OP Robotics and team 1946, Le Vortex, and managed to reach a new world high score of 277 points including the 89 penalty points. Friday’s matches at Waterloo were high scoring and entertaining with many... More

FRC Greater Toronto East Regional



  • Regional Champion - Gold Medalist
  • 11-0-1 record in qualifying, with a Qualification Score of 23, Ranked 2 of 34 Teams
  • Elimination Alliance - 1114, 2056, 1325
  • Industrial Design Award
  • Volunteer of the Year: James Cerar
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Simbotics, Team 1114 entered the 2013 season after an amazing 2012 season where we were recognized with a spot in the FIRST Hall of Fame as Championship’s Chairman’s Award Winners and trip to Einstein with our friends from 2056 OP Robotics and 4334 Alberta Tech Alliance, The “Eh” team.

Attempting to build on the accomplishments of 2012, Simbotics and its 2013 robot, Simbot B.A. Baracus entered their first competition of the year, the Greater Toronto East Regional. The event was an international affair with teams representing Canada, United States and Mexico.... More