Simbotics on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet

Simbotics: Team 1114 premiered on the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet May 9, 2012. The segment features Simbotics students involved in designing, building and running the robot as well as a look at the 2012 FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis.

St. Catharines VEX teams at Simbotics' Shop

Gearing up for the Robogames

CHCH filmed a live segment on April 4th at our shop, featuring all St. Catharines VEX teams heading to the World Championship in Anaheim.

Source: CHCH News
Simbot showing off the SimPhone app

Governor Simcoe students create robotics teaching app

When it comes to robotics, Governor Simcoe Secondary School has been leading the way in Niagara for quite some time.

Simbotics, Team 1114 is a group of approximately 25 students between the ages of 13 and 18 working to pursue their interests in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The team competes in a yearly challenge where they build a robot to do tasks, trying to outperform other teams from across the country and in some cases, the world. Mentors from the community, usually previous robotics team members who have since graduated from high school, help the students by volunteering their time and expertise.

Governor Simcoe has been quite successful in the program. In past years they have taken home several...

Students with Greg Phillips

About More Than Robots

FIRST Robotics scores high marks from many Ontario teachers for offering their students top-notch practical – and universal – learning experiences, even if the program is not always tied to the curriculum.

At the Greater Toronto Regional FIRST Competition last April – the final step before the world championships – students show off what they’ve accomplished and continue to learn.

Under siege from a cacophony of noise, Tony Petrecca protects himself with oversized headphones. Petrecca is sitting in a screaming crowd energized by loud music and public address announcers. He is among the 2,000-strong gathering in Mississauga’s Hershey Centre, where excited students,...

St. Catharines robotics teams impress in world match-up

Simcoe’s third VEX Championship win since 2006

Young St. Catharines robotics enthusiasts triumphed last weekend.

Five qualifying secondary schools from the Garden City descended on the prestigious VEX Robotics World Championship in Orlando, Fla.

There, teams from Governor Simcoe, St. Catharines Collegiate, Holy Cross, Sir Winston Churchill and Ridley College joined forces for the huge match-up of 3,800 teams from 20 countries.

In the end, Governor Simcoe's alliance with Massachusetts and Washington teams took the VEX Championship title for the third time since 2006.

"Our city schools had world- class performances and our Grade 9 team ... kept their composure against tough opposition,...

Robotics Regional Competition

Sixty Robotics High School teams from across Ontario and the Niagara Region competed at the 2010 regional competitions held at Governor Simcoe Secondary School, St. Catharines on December 11th. The Vex Robotics Design System was developed and engineered with co-curricular and extracurricular robotics competitions specifically in mind. This program is tailored to bring the magic of robots into the classroom along with the excitement of building and competing with robots. Winners from the Regional Championships will advance to the Vex Robotics World Championships to be held in Disney World from April 14th to 16th 2011. This will be a three day fierce back-to-back robotics challenge. Area high schools that fared well in the past were...

Robotics students remember their St. Catharines mentor

The metal robot glides across the fenced-in area, picking up blue rings and sliding them onto posts.

Nick Lawrence steers the machine by remote control as Mike Viney gives advice under the watchful eye of an auditorium of people.

As their robot scoots around the play area, it sports a sign that says In Memory of Stephen Rourke.

Thoughout the year, the senior students from Westlane Secondary School in Niagara Falls have honoured their St. Catharines mentor who died in May at age 50.

"If it wasn't for his passion for the program, I wouldn't be the person I am today," said Lawrence, 17, during a break at the Southern Ontario VEX Robotics Championship at Governor Simcoe Secondary School Saturday...

Governor Simcoe SS international leader

One of the world's leading after-school robotics programs is at Governor Simcoe SS in St. Catharines. Governor Simcoe recently cemented its international reputation with a second-place finish in the 19th annual global FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition in Atlanta.

FIRST, a New-Hampshire-based not-for-profit group, promotes programs in all grades, from Lego for kindergarten children to robotics for high school students.

More than 500 teams from 30 countries competed in the three-day mid-April event that attracted 20,000 people, including sponsors, mentors and volunteers. Contestants must develop and build robots from scratch to compete in a contest whose rules are provided...

Inventors play hard at Canadian robotics contest

Robots resembling runaway factory hoppers roll around the Ontario Science Centre’s grand hall, tossing bright-coloured balls that look to be made of silly string.

The bewildering game takes place under a banner proclaiming, “Robots Rule Weekend.” The flag presides over two simultaneous events where robots and their makers play games.

On one side of the big room, pre-teen technicians demonstrate tiny robots made from components from Lego Mindstorms, the toy company’s robot-making division, while older students operate bigger bots built with kits provided by FIRST Robotics Canada.

The machines were made to compete in a worldwide competition founded by engineering superstar, Segway designer Dean Kamen.


Simbotics place 12th at world championship

The robotics team from Governor Simcoe has landed a top-12 spot on the world podium for the seventh straight year.

The 22-student Simbotics team competed at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta over the weekend in the world robotics championship.

Reigning world champions, the Simbotics came in a respectable 12th this time around.

“They’re already working on stuff for next year,” said team leader Greg Phillips, a tech teacher at the school. “They’re planning.”

The Simbotics were one of 348 teams in a competition called Lunacy, in which teams are partnered with two other teams.

Their robots pulled trailers and tried to throw 22-centimetre wiffle balls, or moon rocks, into their...