Toronto VEX Robotics Championship

This past Saturday the Toronto VEX Robotics Championship was held at Woburn Collegiate Institute. 60 of the top teams from across Ontario took par in what was a very exciting tournament. The results are attached to this post.

Here’s a listing of all the award winners.

Excellence: 1114Z - Governor Simcoe SS, St. Catharines, ON

Tournament Champion: 1241D - Rick Hansen SS, Mississauga, ON
Tournament Champion: 1114X - Governor Simcoe SS, St. Catharines, ON
Tournament Champion: 137C - Woburn CI, Toronto, ON

Tournament Finalists: 1241 - Rick Hansen SS, Mississauga, ON
Tournament Finalists: 1503 - Westlane SS, Niagara Falls, ON
Tournament Finalists: 1053B - Glebe CI, Ottawa, ON

Programming Skills Champion - 1114Z - Governor Simcoe SS, St. Catharines, ON
Programming Skills 2nd Place - 2027 - Polar Bear Robotics, Toronto, ON

Robot Skills Champion - 1509R - Ridley College, St. Catharines, ON
Robot Skills 2nd Place - 1114X - Governor Simcoe SS, St. Catharines, ON

Build Award: 1503 - Westlane SS, Niagara Falls, ON
Amaze Award: 2809 - W.A.F.F.L.E.S., Kingston, ON
Think Award: 1114X - Governor Simcoe SS, St. Catharines, ON
Create Award: 2027 - Polar Bear Robotics, Toronto, ON
Sportsmanship Award: 137C - Woburn CI, Toronto, ON
Energy Award: 1241B - Rick Hansen SS, Mississauga, ON
Judges Award: 1241C - Rick Hansen SS, Mississauga, ON

Many of these teams will be competing again in two weeks time at the Southern Ontario VEX Robotics Championship. Should be another great event.
Rankings.pdf (24.5 KB)
Qualification Results.pdf (50.4 KB)
Elimination Results.pdf (23.8 KB)
Elimination Bracket.pdf (15.7 KB)

I was very happy to see 1503 perform so well at the event. I’ve been talking with one of their students for a very long time and watched their robot evolve from a decent scorer to a dominating monster. To demonstrate just how good they are, they reached the finals… on the #8 alliance. How often have you ever seen that in Vex?

Seriously, keep an eye out for 1503. They’ll be huge. Can’t wait to see them compete at Simcoe.

It was somewhat astonishing to see them fall to the 8th selection. There were definitely some lapses in scouting by some of the participating teams. 1503’s robot was very similar to 254A and just as effective. They were easily one of the top 5 robots in a very strong field. Seeing them as the 8th pick was truly baffling.

wow, was 254 there as well?
cant wait for videos to be uploaded! :slight_smile:

As always, I’d love to know the skills scores. Also, any pictures/video would be great.

Haha, no 254 was not at the event. I had the pleasure of seeing 254A at the All-Star Challenge a few weeks ago at Disney World, hence my comparison.

The high score in Robot Skills was 83 by 1509R.
The high score in Programming Skills was 20 by 1114Z.

How many teams were able to high hang?

We were too busy rebuilding our robot for Pan Pacific to go. :wink:

There were a total of 13 high hangs by three teams. (1114Z, 6060A & 9070A)

1503’s robot looks similar to 254A’s. They definitely did a lot of design work to implement 254A’s concept in a more optimized manner. They managed to make the gripper somewhat smaller and work on a shorter arm to work more effectively.

Personally I’m surprised that 1503 was not the #1 selection. With 1114Z’s high hanging the alliance would have cruised through the elimination rounds.

The team 1114Z picked, 1509B, was as good of a scorer if not better than 1503. What plagued their alliance was the fact that one scorer plus a hanger couldn’t keep up with two scorers, especially since the 1241/1503 alliance was playing smart and spreading the tubes across the field.

Any killer defensive robots/strategies? From the match results it looks like it was a high-scoring competition.

Did 1114Z autonomously high hang ?

2587Z was able to auto high hang for top skills challenge at Austin VEX. I believe they scored 27 , Hopefully more teams will start hanging in autonomous.



1509B was definitely a fantastic scorer. I would have a hard time picking between them and us.

Sleepers ftw.


was there any descore strategies implemented?
and is there pics of the cheesypoof robot? (since their competition was a few weeks ago)

Here, match at 47:00. Also has their eventual partner 2205.
(Hope you don’t mind, 254–give me the word and I’ll delete this post.)

The effector is a cool concept, but I’m not entirely sure what advantage it has over the common claw, given that scoring four at a time is generally unwise. My guess is that their drive train put them over the top. That thing is monstrously fast and could give some of the Hawaii teams a run for their money in a speed race.

My team is 6060A, we were chosen by 1114z. Unfortunately we didn’t advance, but we did have a nice double high hang! Its our first year doing vex, so it was definitely a learning opportunity.

There are many advantages to this type of collector. It’s much more rigid than a standard claw, less moving parts, it grabs tubes better, and you pretty much drive up to tube(s) and they are instantly yours. It’s pretty sweet.


How I see it is with a roller claw, you can touch a stack, possess it, lift, and score in just a few seconds. In the very early parts of the match, being able to get 3 goals filled with 4 tubes in a very short time is a pretty hefty deficit to make up. As the match winds down you can grab and score single tubes, but being able to take advantage of the on field stacks quickly before they get destroyed is certainly nice.

The “needle” design has basically shown us that indexing tubes isn’t that necessary right now. Perhaps as the ladder gets filled this will change.