On top of the robotics world; Governor Simcoe's Simbotics win international battle

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...

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...

Source: Mike Zettel, writer for The Standard

Governor Simcoe's robotics team not taking any breaks

It's March break, but beyond the locked doors of Governor Simcoe Secondary School is a robotics team that doesn't believe in weeks off.

The Simbotics, who are 20 students from Grades 9 to 12 (plus one eighth grader), have several tournaments ahead after taking gold at a Chicago robotics championship. The biggest date in their future: the world championship in Georgia in April.

"They're (at the school) right now," Catherine McNamara, a General Motors employee and team mentor, said Tuesday. "They practise pretty much every day."

The Simbotics, a.k.a. Team 1114, clawed their way to victory Feb. 28 at the midwest regional of the (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)...

Simcoe strikes gold in Chicago

Governor Simcoe Secondary School’s robot team picked up first place in a regional competition staged in Chicago.

The team, Simbotics, built a robot over a period of six weeks for the (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. is an organization designed to inspire students in the areas of mathematics, engineering, science and technology.

Each year a new game is created, with this year’s challenge, Overdrive, being based on NASCAR, with the robot travelling around a track and manipulating 40-inch balls and launching them over a six-foot hurdle.

The teams that travelled to the Midwest Regional on the weekend of Feb. 28 were some of the best robotics teams in attending...

Source: The Standard Staff

Governor Simcoe aims for FIRST

Working on it late every school night and even more on the weekends, the robotics team at Governor Simcoe Secondary School have said good-bye to their creation.

At least for now.

On Tuesday, members for team competing in the (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program were at Diamond Jubilee School in Niagara Falls, where they had set up a practice area, to pack up their robot, Simbot SS, and send it away to Chicago, where they will compete against other high school teams in the midwest regional competition at the University of Illinois.

Though the team, called Team 1114, has done well at and has qualified for the world championship more than once, Governor Simcoe is only in its fifth season...

Source: Mike Zettel, writer for The Standard

Children’s toy the building block to their future

Looking something like a miniature plastic forklift, the LEGO robotic device moves across the tabletop map towards a row of trees.

Sensing the trees in front of it, the robot aims its claw as it drives forward to pick it up. Carrying the four trees, the robot crosses the map and deposits them near the river.

Standing at the side of the map, a puzzle created specifically for this year’s LEGO League challenge played by thousands of elementary students aged 9-14 around the world, are Virgil Elementary students Aaron Pozzebon and Connor Hill.

Though the robot is in their control, the two Grade 8 students are not carrying remote controls. All their control work has been done in the months leading up to Saturday...

Source: Mike Zettel, writer for Niagara This Week

Robotics competition teaches kids different life lessons

On Dec. 2, I attended a Lego Robotics competition at the Glendale Campus of Niagara College.

It was necessary for me to show up as I had to witness what my 12-year-old son had been talking non-stop about for the last two months.

He went to school early, stayed late after school, and brought home instructional DVDs that I just had to watch with him.

I saw my son, who likes school a lot, really get worked up over the preparations that he, his 11 teammates, and his coach/mentor/teacher were working so hard at by getting this “robot” of Lego built, programmed and ready to compete.

Boy, was I ever amazed.

Twenty teams, some from as far away as Kingston, competed in head-to-head battles for...

Source: Robert Smallman, Letter to the Editor

Building Tomorrow’s Engineers

Rock music is blaring, there’s all the pizza, pop and party snacks you can eat, and, with all the brightly coloured Lego around, it’s not surprising the kids are having fun.

But underneath the hype and excitement there’s some serious learning going on, and Saturday’s Power Puzzle challenge at Niagara College is an attempt to cultivate the engineers and designers of tomorrow.

Roughly 170 students on 21 teams from Niagara-area elementary schools competed in the third annual Lego (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition, with the top four winning teams heading to the provincial championships Saturday in Oakville.

The teams work with a Lego Robotics programmable...

Source: Marlene Bergsma, writer for The Standard

Simbotics champs again

Simbotics are back-to-back world champions.

A team from Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catharines recently captured gold at the World’s For Inspiration of Science and Technology () Robotics Competition at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Attending the tournament for the first time, Grade 9 student Matt admitted, “I was expecting a lot less. As soon as I walked into the dome and saw all the people, I was excited and nervous.”

Having captured gold last year, Simbotics returned with 18 students for this year’s tournament, including the robot operators, Matt and Grade 10 student Melissa.

The two simultaneously operate a robot with 14-year-old Matt controlling the base of the machine...

Governor Simcoe takes home gold

St. Catharines is home to more than one championship team.

Tell the Falcons and their Golden Horseshoe League trophy to share the spotlight because Team 1114 GM Simbotics of Governor Simcoe Secondary School are World VEX Robotics gold medal champions.

1114 GM Simbotics won the medal at the (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Robotics Championships at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on April 12-13. On a more disappointing note, the team’s full-size robot, which was heavily favoured to also win the gold medal, came in twelfth overall.

Governor Simcoe Technical Director and 1114 GM Simbotics Head Coach Greg Phillips said his team’s robot was unfairly taken out of a chance to play...

Source: Michael Speck, writer for The Standard