Prof mentors team to world championships
May 07, 2014

The Cybergnomes sit in front of a fountain at the WorldsA group of Simcoe County high school students, mentored by Mark Gatenby, a professor in Georgian’s Electrical Engineering Technology program, ranked well in the FIRST Robotics World Championships.

After travelling to Alberta, the Cybergnomes team won the Calgary Region Tournament on April 5. That paved the way for them to travel to the FIRST Robotics World Championships at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, April 23 to 26.

The Cybergnomes were one of only six Canadian teams to qualify for the event, which attracted 12,000 students on 400 teams travelling from 10 countries from around the world.

Four divisions consisting of 100 teams in three team alliances competed on four fields to win a position in the final competition. On April 26, after three days of competitive games, the Cybergnomes team obtained a ranking of 27th out of the 100 teams in the Currie Division.

The top four teams picked two alliance robots plus one alternate robot to compete in the division quarter finals. The third-ranked US team picked Cybergnomes as their first-round alliance choice. This alliance won the quarter final. After three exciting matches, the Cybergnomes lost by one point to the alliance that eventually won this year’s world championship.

The Cybergnomes, a small team from Clearview Township, stand proud knowing they were part of an alliance that ranked 14th out of 2,727 teams worldwide.

The Cybergnomes wish to thank their sponsors, including Georgian College and OACETT, for enabling them to travel to the world competition. They also extend a special thanks to mentor Mark Gatenby.