Recycle Rush

2015 FIRST Game

Recycle Rush is the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition game. It involves picking up and stacking totes on scoring platforms, putting pool noodles ("litter") inside recycling containers, and putting the containers on top of scoring stacks of totes.

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2015 FIRST Robot

Simbot SideSwipe

Simbot SideSwipe Robot


  • Riveted aluminum sheet metal chassis
  • 3 wheeled holonomic drivetrain utilizing VEXpro omni wheels
  • Powered by 6 Mini CIM motors with a robot speed of 13 ft/sec
  • 2” ground clearance for mobility over the scoring platform


  • Aluminum hooks attached to a continuous chain loop raises the bottom tote of a stack by its lip
  • Pneumatically actuated latches hold and release totes
  • Powered by a single CIM motor and mechanically linked to both sides
  • Pneumatic cylinder dingus pushes coopertition stack onto step
  • Angled 3 degrees back to allow the elevator to support tote stacks


  • Two 3.875” BaneBot wheels per side belted together
  • Outer wheels sprung to conform to the orientation of landfill totes
  • Each side driven by a single mini CIM motor
  • Pneumatic actuation for recycling container control and stack release


  • Creates a pivot point at the bottom of tipped recycling containers allowing the intake rollers to rotate it into the claw
  • Pneumatically actuates to clear for tote indexing


  • Pneumatic claw grips recycling container with 40 lbs of force
  • Mounted to passive elevator carriage lifted by indexer and tote stacks
  • Supported by 1” box tube rails with sheet metal supports
  • Stabilizes stack with weight of claw and recycling container
  • Elevator is easily detachable for transport configuration


  • Drivetrain maintains a heading using a PD control loop on a gyroscope
  • When a tote is sensed by the light sensor, the indexer hooks raise it onto four latches then loop around to prepare for the next tote
  • Derivative feedback loop on indexer motor accounts for varying stack heights

2015 FIRST Events

Windsor Essex Great Lakes Regional



  • Regional Champion
  • 165.9 Qualification Average, Ranked 1 of 48 teams
  • Ellimination Alliance - 1114, 2056, 4903
  • Industrial Design Award

Team 1114 was thrilled to attend our final regional of the season, The Windsor-Essex Great Lakes Regional. Forty-eight teams attended from all across North America, including teams from California, New York and Michigan.


The first day of qualifications went well with many alliances scoring over 120 points. We witnessed a higher level of teamwork and efficiency. In our first qualification match we experienced a rough start, however we quickly regained focus and achieved a qualification average of 144.1. We ended the day ranked second.


Waterloo Regional



  • Regional Champion
  • 183.46 Qualification Average, Ranked 1 of 30 teams
  • Elimination Alliance - 1114, 2056, 5719
  • Industrial Design Award

 After our success at Greater Toronto Central Regional, Team 1114 was excited to compete again in Waterloo. The Waterloo Regional has a storied reputation of being one of the world’s most competitive FRC events and this year was not an exception. With 30 teams coming from all over North America, this event gave us all a glimpse of what is to come at the Championship event.


Friday was a thrilling day, with many match scores exceeding 100 points. We were  fortunate with our schedule, having two matches back-to-back with our... More

Greater Toronto Central Regional



  • Regional Champion
  • 142.9 Qualification Average, Ranked 1 of 42 teams
  • Elimination Alliance - 1114, 610, 1547
  • Industrial Design Award

Team 1114 Simbotics and Simbot Sideswipe began our Recycle Rush season at the Greater Toronto Central Regional. The Simbots quickly ‘swiped’ first place, starting the day off strong in our first match with a score of 122. Our average kept rising until it reached 141.5 at the end of Friday.


After all the qualification matches on Saturday morning the average had risen to 142.9 earning us the position of the number 1 seed and setting the world’s highest qualification average. Our team then formed a powerful alliance with 610, the... More