2006 / 2007 VEX Game

Hangin’-A-Round is played on a 12'x12' square field. Two alliances - one "red" and one "blue" - composed of two teams each, compete in a match. Matches consist of a twenty-second autonomous period followed by two minutes of driver-controlled play. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than your opponent alliance by scoring softballs into low goal or tall goal. In addition, an alliance can earn additional points by “parking” on the large rotating platform in the middle of the field or by hanging of the bar. The large yellow Atlas Ball would double the alliances points if it was mostly on their side. A bonus is awarded to the alliance that has the most total points at the end of the Autonomous Period.

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2006 / 2007 VEX Robots

Simbot K-OS 1114

Simbot K-OS Robot


  • 6WD, Center Drop, Four Motors


  • Designed to lift heavy loads of softballs, and robot while hanging


  • Designed for the ability to hang


  • Bottom: chain belting
  • Top: intake rollers and chain belting
  • Capacity of 6 softballs

2006 / 2007 VEX Season Recap

With the taste of success still lingering from the rookie season, and the core VEX members graduating or moving up to FRC, new members had to fill some pretty big shoes. The team produced Simbot “K-OS”. With a World Championship victory fresh in their mind Team 1114 had a lot of work to do for the season. A Gold Medal at the Ontario FVC Championship qualified Team 1114 for a trip to the World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia and was ultimately crowned World Champion for the second consecutive season. This established Simbotics as one of the most world renown VEX teams in only the second year of existence.

Driver: Matthew Coffey
Operator: Melissa Doornekamp
Coach: Tyler Holtzman

2006 / 2007 Publicity

Children’s toy the building block to their future

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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... More

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... More

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 ()... More

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... More

FIRST GM Teams Rack & Roll to Great Heights

General Motors is a proud sponsor of Robotics. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization that allows students to experience Mathematics, Science and Engineering... More