Student team members with teacher, Greg Phillips

About More Than Robots

During the 2011 season author Michael Benedict followed three Canadian FIRST Robotics teams, including Simbotics, and has an 11 page feature article in the upcoming October issue of Professionally Speaking Magazine. This magazine is available to all members of the Ontario College of Teachers.

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strategy meeting

2011 Indiana Robotics Invitational

The final event of 1114's season was again the Indiana Robotics Invitational. The 2011 field was tough, including two 2011 World Champions and nine Divisional Champions. With some rule changes and a very strong group of competitors, matches were all very high scoring and had tight margins of victory. Friday's tough qualifying matches left only two undefeated teams, 1114 (7-0-0) and 1126 (6-0-0).

After winning the first qualifying match, Team 1114 needed one more victory to ensure first seed. Unfortunately a missed autonomous mode led to a tough loss in our final match of the day. At the end of the qualifying matches, no undefeated teams remained and our RPs left us in first place. With so many amazing teams to choose from...

Deploying our minibot

2011 FIRST Championship

Simbotics entered the 2011 Championships hoping to improve upon last year's World Finalists placing. Joining Team 1114 in the Galileo Division were many strong teams including 254, 469, 111 and fellow Canadian teams 610 and 188. After Thursday and Friday qualifying matches, a few tough losses left us at 6-2-0 in 16th place. 

Friday night Simbotics had the opportunity to attend a concert of the Black Eyed Peas. At the concert, Team 359, The Hawaiian Kids were honoured with the 2011 Chairman's Award. Congratulations goes out to them, a well deserved honour.

On Saturday we were able to win our remaining two matches, leaving us in 10th place, just shy of the...

2011 Championship Scouting Database Screenshot

2011 Championship Scouting Database Released

Divisions for FRC World Championships in St. Louis have been announced. Team 1114 finds themselves in Galileo. Galileo had the highest average OPR (23.9), the highest max OPR (73.9 by 111, Wildstang) and the highest percentage of eliminations made (87%). We're excited to be in a division featuring such great competitors.

Included in our division are:

  • Two 2-time World Champions (111 and 294)
  • Four 1-time World Champions (48, 173, 469, 1114)
  • Six teams with 2 regional wins this year (111, 195, 254, 359, 2137, 2337)
  • Twenty-two additional regional wins
  • Seven unbeaten teams in qualifying at a regional (111, 254 twice, 359, 395, 967, 1114 twice, 1425)
  • Teams representing...
Team 1114X with their robot

2011 VEX Robotics World Championship

Team 1114 had a very successful competition at the VEX Robotics World Championship. At the competition in Kissimmee, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Simbotics had high hopes to make it far in the tournament. Also competing were 7 more teams from St. Catharines adding to the four teams representing Simbotics. All told, St Catharines, ON represented a total of 11 out of the 417 teams competing. From Thursday to Saturday qualification matches were played, in which records of 6-3, 4-5, 8-1, 5-4 were obtained for 1114A, M, X, and Z respectively.

During Saturday's alliance selection in the Technology Division, 1114X (seeded 6th) was the 5th alliance captain and...