2017 FIRST Game

FIRST® STEAMWORKSSM the 2017 Robotics Competition game, invites two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race. Each three-team alliance scores points and prepares to take flight by building steam pressure, gathering materials to start the rotors, and boarding robots onto their airships. The adventurer club with the highest score at the end of the match is the best prepared for the race and wins.

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2017 FIRST Robot

Simbot Ali

Simbot Ali Robot


  • Riveted box-tube VersaFrame chassis with a 1/16” alum baseplate
  • Six wheeled west coast drive utilizing 4" x 1” VEXpro Traction Wheels
  • Powered by four CIM motors; power transmission via custom two speed transmission, utilizing WCP Dog shifter and roller chain drive
  • Approximate top speeds of 6 ft/s (in low gear) and 18 ft/s (in high gear)


  • Balls are loaded in the front through a lexan ramp that extends over the bumpers
  • An 8 inch “blender” pneumatic tire directs balls into a polycord elevator towards the shooter
  • Blender is powered by a Mini CIM Motor through a 4:1 gear reduction
  • The polycord elevator is powered by a 775pro motor through a 9:1 VersaPlanetary Gearbox on a 2” polycarbonate drum

Shooter Turret

  • Made from 1/4 alum CNC fabricated plates
  • 4” urethane flywheel powered by four 775pro motors through a 3:1 timing belt reduction
  • 0.375” compression on the ball and ~20deg arc of contact
  • Turret is powered by a BAG Motor using a 50:1 VersaPlanetary Gearbox and a 7:1 timing belt
  • Turret rotates on a custom radial bearing track, through a 130t delrin pulley


  • Gears are human loaded at the front of the robot through a pneumatically actuated lexan ramp
  • Two lexan side plates pneumatically actuate to center and retain the gear
  • A 6” stroke cylinder pushes the gear onto the spring peg


  • 1” aluminum tube wrapped with hardside velcro catches a  3/8” rope
  • Powered by two 775pro motors through a 25:1 VersaPlanetary Gearbox and a chain ratio for an overall ~34:1 reduction
  • Theoretical climb speed of 0.6 seconds
  • Ratchet wrench is used to stop backdriving

2017 FIRST Events

The STEMley Cup Championship


  • Event Champions
  • Qualifying Record: 5-1-0
  • Rank: 2 out of 30
  • Elimination Alliance: 2056, 1114, 6135 

This fall Simbotics attended the STEMley Cup offseason robotics competition. The team placed second after qualification matches with a record of 5-1 and was selected first overall in alliance selection. Along with our partners, Team 2056 OP Robotics and Team 6135 Arctos, we won the event.

This was the third STEMley Cup event, and the third time we have left hoisting the cup! More

Indiana Robotics Invitational



  • Event Semi-Finalists
  • Qualifying Record: 7-2-0
  • Rank: 5 out of 68
  • 4th Alliance Captain
  • Elimination Alliance: 1114, 2122, 1885, 4028

World Championship - Darwin Division



  • Division Finalists
  • Qualifying Record: 7-3-0
  • Rank: 3 out of 68
  • 2nd Alliance Captain
  • Elimination Alliance: 1114, 610, 359, 6387

Team 1114 competed at the St. Louis World Championships which consisted of 405 teams from all over the world. We were placed in the Darwin division where we were put against 67 (adjective) other teams. By the end of the qualification matches our team ranked 3rd seed with a win loss ratio of 7 wins and 3 losses. During alliance selection we selected teams 610 Crescent Robotics, 359 Hawaiian Kids, and 6387 Discobots Canada. After tough competition we ended as finalists in our division. Afterwards, the champions of each division moved on to Einstein in order to find the world... More

Ontario Provincial Championship



  • Provincial Quarter-Finalists
  • Qualifying Record: 9-2-0
  • Rank: 2 out of 60
  • 2nd Alliance Captain
  • Elimination Alliance - 1114, 188, 2609
  • Woodie Flowers Finalist Award - Geoff Allan

Team 1114 competed at the Ontario Provincial Championships, alongside 59 other highly competitive robots. This competition displayed the innovation and ambition of FIRST Canada teams. Congratulations to Geoff Allen, our lead Mentor, for receiving the Woodie Flowers award! At the end of qualifications, our team had a win-loss ratio of 9-2, landing us in the 2nd seed position. During alliance selection, we picked team 188 Blizzard to join our alliance, as well as our second pick, team 2609 BeaverworX. After tough competition, we ended the competition as quarter finalists. We would... More

University of Waterloo District Event



  • District Champions
  • Qualifying Record: 9-3-0
  • Rank: 2 out of 32
  • Elimination Alliance - 2056, 1114, 6481
  • Innovation in Control Award

For our second district event of our 2017 season, we competed at the Waterloo District Event. Managing to obtain a win-loss ratio of 9-3-0 during the qualification matches, we seeded second overall. During alliance selection, our sister team, Team 2056 OP Robotics had seeded first and picked us as their alliance partner, along with Team 6481 Deus ex Machina. We finished the University of Waterloo event as district event champions and received the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation. Congratulations to the event finalists, teams 4678 Cybercavs, 3683 Team... More

Ryerson University District Event



  • District Champions
  • Qualifying Record: 7-5-0
  • Rank: 10 out of 39 
  • Elimination Alliance - 610, 1114, 5596
  • Quality Award

Team 1114 Simbotics competed at our first season’s competition at the Ryerson District Event, along with 38 other determined teams. After a rough start to the qualification matches, we gained our footing, improving our gear cycling time and our shooting accuracy during the autonomous period. By the end of the qualification matches, our win-loss ratio was 7-5, landing us in the 10th rank position. During alliance selection, first seed alliance team 610 picked us as their partner, alongside 5596. The competition concluded, with our alliance finishing as district event champions, as... More