2011 Pittsburgh Regional

Team 1114’s 2011 competition season began with the debut of Simbot Steve at the Pittsburgh Regional. This past year, Simbotics’ founding mentor Stephen Rourke tragically passed away. The 2011 season has been dedicated to his memory which included the naming of the robot in his honour: Simbot Steve. Simbot Steve and Simbot VEX Mukmuk overcame some technical difficulties to end the first day in first place with a single loss. We were also honoured with the Engineering Excellence Award. After completing the qualification rounds with two consecutive wins, we finished the event as the number one seed. We were able to select teams 1503, Spartonics from Niagara Falls, Ontario and 3492, ROBOGENS from Winfield, WV. Despite challenges from opposing alliances throughout the elimination matches, we were able to leave as Regional Winners with an undefeated path through the elimination rounds. Thank you to Team 3492 for their strong defensive abilities and energy throughout the elimination rounds and to all volunteers and judges for their support throughout the weekend. A special thanks goes to Team 1503. We were so happy to have the opportunity to share this victory with another NiagaraFIRST team founded by Stephen Rourke. What a perfect memorial.

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