Simcoe teams up with Fort Erie Secondary to win Waterloo Robotics Challenge

The Simbots have successfully defended their title.

The Governor Simcoe Secondary School robotics team, dubbed Team 1114 Simbotics, found themselves in the winners’ circle at the Waterloo regional for the third weekend in a row.

It may have been a four-day weekend for most students, but for the Simbotics, Easter weekend started Thursday with them arriving at the (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) challenge.

The team competed against 30 other teams from across Canada and the U.S. to bring back the gold medal to the District School Board of Niagara. By the end of the qualifying rounds Saturday morning, Simcoe had a record of eight wins and three losses, which put them in third place entering the final round.

For the final round they formed an alliance with Fort Erie Secondary School Team 1680 and Orchard Park Secondary School Team 2056 from Stoney Creek – two teams that Simcoe helped start.

Not only did Governor Simcoe win gold, but they also scored four other awards, including the best website award; Woodie Flowers Award, which recognizes a team mentor and the GM Industrial Design Award.

As well, they won the prestigious Chairman’s award, which honors the team who best represents a model for other teams. They won for their work starting and mentoring Lego robot teams in elementary schools, running Canada’s second largest Lego challenge every year at Niagara College and raising funds to send school supplies to a new school built in Guatemala.

“It’s showing the awareness and involvement in the community and reaching out even further to let people know about science and technology, which is what is trying to do,” said Greg Phillips, the tech teacher at Governor Simcoe.

On top of the awards, the Simbotics also broke the high score on Saturday with a score of 168 points. They broke their own record set in Chicago of 146 points.

The team will be competing this weekend at the Canadian nationals at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga and later at the world championship in Atlanta April 17 to 19.