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Ridley Robotics Wins Big at First Tournament

our teams 1509 Nov 16

November 26th marked the competitive start to our robotics season and a triumphant first place finish for our junior girls team. Ridley competed at Woburn Collegiate’s tournament, which is the largest in Ontario, outside of World Championships. In total, 74 teams competed; making for a challenging, yet rewarding kick-off to our VEX Robotics season.

Ridley had four teams competing at the opening tournament: Team 1509E (James Gross, Sai-Neel Saleh, Jim Yang, Joey Bao), Team 1509 (Ryan Craig, George Ge, Allen Zhou and Alex Luo), Team 1509Z (Arnaz Wadhawan, Adia Sisson, Ira Madil, Namnam Goodarzi) and Team 1509B (Hana Huang, Katherine Ge, Tofa Oloketuyi, Delia Liu and Carly Chen).

After a long bus ride, things did not start well for us. Our rookie all-girls team (1509B) was left parterless for their first match of their career. In addition, their very first match was against two opponents that were ranked top-20 teams in Ontario. Coincidentally, our senior team (1509E) had a mechanical problem, making it two losses in a row out of the gates. In time, our teams seemed to shake off their bus-lag and started to perform well. After all teams had played six matches each, Ridley placed 9th, 17th, 18th and 19th. 

That’s when the fun started.

All Ridley teams were selected to compete in the quarter finals and Team 1509B was selected by a top performer to join their alliance. Team 1509 made it to the semi-finals, guaranteeing them a spot at the all-Ontario championships (along with 1509B) in late February.

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In the finals, Team 1509B’s robot destroyed the tournament host team and last year’s Ontario champions, by a score of 60-1. It was one of the most lopsided wins all day; in an epic performance, where the girls’ dominant effort was their best match ever and secured them a first place finish.

several from the girls team

We look forward to seeing our students in action on December 10th, when we compete at Governor Simcoe in St. Catharines.

As always, special thanks to my co-coach Mr. McCambley for his tireless help and expertise.

–  Rodney Reimer, Coach

Ridley geared up for the VEX Robotics tournament

On November 28th, 2015, Ridley’s VEX Robotics team traveled to Woburn Collegiate in Scarborough, for the first VEX Robotics tournament of the season!

After a long day and what seemed like in inordinate amount of mechanical failures, Ridley’s teams 1509E (James Gross, Jim Yang and Joey Bao), 1509 (William Wang, Padraic Odesse, Andy Li and Anakin Li) and 1509Z (Ryan Schmidt, Elias Ancer, Will van Sittert and Antonio Aspite) waited to see if they would be selected as an alliance partner for the elimination matches. Each team had dueled it out in the round robin with six matches each in a field of 72 teams. 1509E and 1509 wound up with similar records of four wins and two losses, and 1509Z wound up with a 1-5 record, facing an extremely tough draw of four of the five best opponents in the tournament.

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When alliances had been built for quarter final play, 1509E was a member of the 3rd seeded alliance and 1509 was a member of the 6th alliance (out of eight) and faced each other in the quarter finals. The good news was that whoever won the quarter final match would qualify for the All-Ontario championship in late March. The bad news was that the other team would not qualify. As it turned out, the higher seeded 1509E team made it to semi finals and qualified for the big tournament in early spring. Congratulations to all the teams and their efforts. There were some amazing teams.

Our rookie team (Adia Sisson, Alex Luo and Ira Madill), who did not compete at this event, now understand the complexities of competitive robotics and have new insights for the machine they are developing.

It was great to have Ava O’Toole back to help at our tournament. She kept us organized, which is not always easy. Special thanks to my co-mentor, Mr. Scott McCambley.

Our next tournament is in St. Catharines at Governor Simcoe on December 12th.

– Mr. Rodney Reimer, Head of Robotics and Engineering, VEX Robotics Mentor

Ridley VEX Robotics Team Wins 3 Trophies!

The Ridley VEX Robotics Team was at it again this weekend at Governor Simcoe School for the Southern Ontario VEX Robotics Tournament. The team took two robotics teams to Governor Simcoe to do battle with 58 other teams from the region and the GTA.

Our first match of the day was a disaster. Team 1509R, piloted by driver Tyler Porter and co-driver Enoch Ho and coach McCambly had a drive shaft pop free in their first match and wound up tipping over, twitching helplessly on the ground. It was an ugly beginning. After that, however, Tyler drove the machine with ever increasing skill, winning his next 5 matches for a preliminary record of 5-1.

Taylor Petrick drove our other machine, 1509B, with advisor Steve Docherty and coach Reimer finishing with a win against the best opponents on the last preliminary match to post a 5 win, 1 tie record. Taylor was also able to lay down superb skills challenge scores, scoring an incredible 113 points, 4 off the world record! (out of thousands of matches worldwide).
Our scouting team anchored by scout-master Cheryl Wong along with Jacob Eschweiler, Hayyan Khalid, David Yang, Jason Wang, and Igal Flegmann did a superb job of finding out the strengths and weaknesses of each of our upcoming allies and opponents for every match.

Steve Docherty, with the help of Taylor and others, was able to wow several sets of judges circulating around the auditorium with unique features of our machines that demonstrated clever ideas put into actions, combining the best of inventive thinking, physics, math and design. Because of these features, the first of 3 trophies won for Ridley was the ‘Amaze’ award for innovation and design. This was largely Steve’s award.

Since Taylor won the 1-minute driver’s challenge, (and scored the second highest as well) we qualified a second machine for the World Championships at ESPN (in Disney, Florida) mid-April!

The biggest surprise of the day, especially after such a horrible start, was Tyler’s team. They fought their way through some tough opponents to get to the quarter finals, beat two machines ranked higher than them in the 1/4’s and semis, and eventually came second to the number 1 ranked team in the tournament. Their effort was outstanding! Since the top two teams qualify for the worlds at ESPN, we have now qualified all three of our machines for the world championships. Only 320 teams make it (out of over 3000 from 20 countries).

If you see any members of the team, please congratulate them. They made Ridley proud today. Thanks to Mr. Leigh, Mr. Martin and Ms. OR for joining us for the last three rounds. It was a rewarding (and exhausting) way to spend the first day of exams.

Well done team 1509, Rmageddon!