Power Up

2018 FIRST Game

FIRST Power Up, is the FIRST Robotics Competition game for the 2018 season. It involves two alliances of three teams each. The game has a retro 8-bit theme and teams are required to place milk crates, or "power cubes", on large balancing scales to tip the scale and gain ownership. Alliances can also trade power cubes for power ups, giving them a temporary advantage in a match. At the end of the match, robots can climb the tower attached to the centre balancing scale using a rung attached to the tower, giving them additional points.

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2018 FIRST Robot

Simbot Smokescreen

Simbot Smokescreen Robot


  • 8-wheel Drive, four 4” omni’s, four 4” traction
  • Single speed custom gearboxes powered by six mini CIMS designed for 13.9 ft/s (Theoretical free speed)
  • Gears, chain and wheels all contained inside 4”x 4” tube rails


  • Cascading two stage elevator powered by four VEXpro 775pro motors
  • Hanger integrated into first stage of elevator
  • Two hook climber from front or side of hanging bar
  • Custom gearbox designed to raise intake at 6.9 ft/s, climbs at 3.5 ft/s (Theoretical free speed)


  • Pneumatically actuated roller pinch claw
  • Uses four 3” urethane wheels to intake cubes
  • Custom roller gearboxes designed to intake cubes at 18.1 ft/s (Theoretical free speed)
  • Intake wrist joint powered by a VEXpro 775pro motor through a VEXpro VersaPlanetary gearbox. Rotates 180 degrees in 0.4 sec (Theoretical free speed)


  • Intake anti-jam algorithm corrects cube orientation for better placement on the scale
  • Intake wrist rotation works in sync with elevator height to score cubes at over 14 pre-set scoring positions
  • Drive acceleration and deceleration ramping for stability with raised elevator
  • Bump sensors and IR beam sensors make cube intake automatic
  • Mag encoders on the drive, elevator and intake wrist allow for precise control
  • Trigonometric gravity offset on intake wrist

2018 FIRST Season Recap

Team 1114, Simbotics entered the 2018 season with simplicity in mind.

The district season proved to be a difficult one for 1114 running into mechanical issues at key moments. Simbotics started off the year strong winning the Ryerson University District event, while taking home the Excellence in Engineering Award. After changing the design of their intake, they ran into mechanical issues at the Windsor-Essex Great Lakes District event making an early exit in the semi-finals. Heads were held high as they didn’t go home empty handed. Simbotics was recognized for their support of other teams throughout the event, winning the Gracious Professionalism Award. They came out strong at the Ontario Provincial Championship with a solid qualification round, unfortunately they fell just short to a very strong alliance in the Technology Division finals. The judges awarded the team with the Innovation in Control Award for their fine tuned autonomous modes that gave them an advantage in every match.

The team entered the World Championships in Detroit, Michigan hoping to once again taste Gold on the World stage. After a solid qualifying round, 1114 was ranked 10th and eventually picked by the #1 alliance. They were knocked out of the Archimedes Division in the semi-finals. The team had a lot to be proud of as they were recognized with the Industrial Design Award – bringing home hardware sponsored by General Motors! Even with the technical issues in mind, 1114 was picked 1st overall at all four of their events, continuing the team's long legacy of success.

Driver: Evan B.

Operator: Kate O.

Human Player: Devin S.

Technician: Jordan H.

Coach: Kaleb D.

2018 FIRST Events

The STEMley Cup Championship


  • Event Champions
  • Qualifying Record: 6-1-0
  • Rank: 4 out of 32
  • 3rd Alliance Captain
  • Elimination Alliance: 1114, 1241, 4308, 7509

Team 1114 was thrilled to compete with 31 other teams at the 2018 STEMley Cup Championship. Finishing the very competitive qualification matches with a 6-1 win-loss ratio and 20 ranking points, we seeded 4th overall. During alliance selection, we picked Team 1241 THEORY6, Team 4308 ABSOLUTE ROBOTICS, and Team 7509 STEAMTeam Robotics. The highly competitive playoffs ended with our alliance taking home the STEMley Cup. This is the fourth time 1114 has had the privilege of hoisting the Cup. Congratulations to the finalists, Team 4917 Sir Lancerbot, Team 2056 OP Robotics, Team 6878 SJB Odyssey... More

World Championship - Archimedes Division



  • Division Semi-Finalists
  • Qualifying Record: 9-2-0
  • Rank: 10 out of 68
  • Elimination Alliance: 67, 1114, 5436, 4557
  • Industrial Design Award

Ontario Provincial Championship - Technology Division



  • Division Finalists
  • Qualifying Record: 11-1-0
  • Rank: 3 out of 40
  • Elimination Alliance: 1241, 1114, 4308
  • Innovation in Control Award

Windsor-Essex Great Lakes District



  • District Semi-Finalists
  • Qualifying Record: 9-3-0
  • Rank: 5 out of 37
  • Elimination Alliance: 610, 1114, 6331
  • Gracious Professionalism Award

Team 1114 Simbotics and Simbot Smokescreen competed at our second event of the season, the Ontario District Windsor Essex Great Lakes Event, alongside 36 other very competitive teams. During the qualification matches, we earned a match record of 9 wins and 3 losses, placing us in the fifth seed. In alliance selections, we were picked by the first seed, Team 610 Crescent Coyotes and were joined by Team 6331 Sabotage to complete our alliance. During semi-finals we faced a highly determined fourth alliance and mechanical issues that were unable to be fixed in time for the tiebreaker match,... More

Ryerson University District



  • District Champions
  • Qualifying Record: 11-1-0
  • Rank: 2 out of 37
  • Elimination Alliance: 5406, 1114, 6878
  • Excellence in Engineering Award

 At the Ontario District Ryerson University Event, Team 1114 Simbotics competed at our first event of the season, along with 36 other highly determined teams. Throughout the qualification matches we achieved an 11-1 win-loss record seeding us 2nd overall. During alliance selection, first seed Team 5406 Celt-X picked us along with rookie Team 6878 SJB Odyssey. The event finished with our alliance finishing as the champions of the event, as well as Simbotics being awarded with the Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi. Congratulations to event finalists, teams 6917 The... More