It's called Lunacy. Listening to Greg Phillips describe the premise of the robotics competition in which 22 Governor Simcoe Secondary School students will test their mettle this weekend, the name is apt.
But it's brilliance that got the St. Catharines high school's robotics team, the Simbotics, to the FIRST world robotics championship in Atlanta for the seventh straight year.
Westlane Secondary School in Niagara Falls is also sending a team.
Friday, they will take to the field at the Georgia Dome with their robots to partake in two days of what's been dubbed "the hardest fun ever."
Governor Simcoe is looking to repeat last year's gold medal win at the event, which attracts budding engineers from around the...
Recently, the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet gave a primer for the Greater Toronto Regional. They visited our team at our practice field and interviewed members of our team. They profiled us on the Thursday of the Greater Toronto Regional, following our improvement done in the pits and our practicing on the field. The video can be found on the Discovery Channel's website. Originally aired 03/26/2009.
Two St. Catharines high schools have been elevated to the echelons of robotics greatness.
Sir Winston Churchill and Governor Simcoe Secondary schools both earned major accolades at the VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas, Texas, last weekend, including a top three finish for a robot designed and operated by Churchill students and a duo of prestigious awards for Simcoe’s Simbotics team.
The schools competed against 273 teams from 14 countries to secure the honours.
They did it by battling it out in a game called Elevation, a challenge involving strategically placing cubes in goals.
It wasn’t about getting as many cubes in net as possible but being the last one to score on a goal. That added a new...
An inspired team of students from Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catharines, Ont. can claim international bragging rights for robotics innovation. Future engineers on team 1114, also known as Simbotics, finished the year with a record of three regional wins, a chairman’s award, a championship division win and world champion status in this year’s Robotics Competition (FRC).
The Simbotics robot out-classed its competitors on the game field performing a series of moves. The robots had to lift a giant game ball over a barrier in the centre of the field then complete a loop, picking up the ball as many times as possible within the nearly three-minute match. The Simbotics robot launched the ball over the barrier,...
Thanks to an inspiring team of students at Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catharines, Ont., Canada has international bragging rights in the development of robotics innovations by tomorrow’s engineers. Team 1114, also known as Simbotics, finished the year with a record of three regional wins, a chairman’s award, a championship division win and world champion status in this year’s Robotics Competition (FRC).
Created to help young people discover that science, math and technology can be as cool as the high school quarterback, FRC pairs high school students with technology companies to design and build robots for competition.
Simbotics’ robot out-classed its competitors on the game field. This...
A high school team from St. Catharines, Ont., teamed with two schools from the U.S. to win a world title in robotics over the weekend in Atlanta.
The 25-student team from Governor Simcoe Secondary School, called Simbotics, finished the competition with a perfect 13-0 record to win the annual Robotics Championship alongside schools from Michigan and Texas.
The Simbotics team's task was to build and program a robot that would move around a track and aim oversized balls at targets.
The weekend competition involved 344 teams from eight countries and was one of three contests at the annual (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship, the brainchild of Dean Kaman, the inventor...
TV crews descended on the high school. A sign outside trumpeted the team's win. Inside, the halls buzzed with news about how some of Governor Simcoe's own defied nerves to win a world championship in front of 17,000 screaming fans.
It's an honour usually bestowed on top sports teams. But this week, the attention at the north-end high school is on a different kind of hero: the future engineers on the school's robotics team.
The Simbotics won gold Saturday in the annual Robotics Championship, one of the world's largest robotics competitions. In total, 1,500 teams from eight countries vied for the prize, competing in regional competitions to advance to Atlanta, Ga., where the Simbotics leapt over the...
Students on a high school robotics team from St. Catharines, Ont. have been crowned world champions after battling more than 1,500 squads for the top spot.
Twenty-five students from Governor Simcoe Secondary School --known as the "Simbotics" -- won the (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Championship in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend.
"We've been working towards this goal for six years now and the team's pretty ecstatic about it," Greg Phillips, team coach and tech teacher, told CTV.ca on Monday.
More than 37,000 students first competed in 41 regional events around the world.
In January, all of the teams received a kit that included hundreds...
A robotics team from Governor Simcoe Secondary School became a world champion this weekend.
The Simbotics, a team of 25 tech-minded students aged 14 to 18, won the annual FIRST Championship in Atlanta, Ga., teaming up with students from Texas and Michigan to take down 350 other teams. Spectators at the competition included astronauts, Internet executives and former president George H.W. Bush.
“We are absolutely ecstatic,” said Catherine McNamara, a team mentor and employee at General Motors, which sponsors the Simbotics.
For months, 1,500 teams from eight countries have competed in regional competitions to advance to Atlanta. Competitors came from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands and...