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Behind the 'Bots

Behind every robot is a story. A story of late nights, endless programming, and a rush to get everything done in only six weeks. Learn more about the design, fabrication, and achievements of each of our robots from our rookie year's bot to our latest robot, Gus 9.

The Robot

After six weeks of the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into the fabrication of the robot, here is where it all pays off. The competitions run from early to late March each year, with the FIRST Championships in April. On the playing field, you are out to win, but gracious professionally. Off the field, you cooperate with the other teams. FIRST does not have long-standing rivalries like other sports, as a team may be your partner one match, but your opponent the next. And that is what gracious professionalism is. Learning to compete, but not violently, but then cooperate the rest of the time, to openly share ideas and concepts, to synergize together. This may should new and unique to rookies and newcomers, but this is what will fuel the industry of the future, competing while cooperating in an open and friendly environment.

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Bash at the Beach

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Bash at the Beach, the last competition of the year for Team 228 ended with a bang. Bash at the Beach, whose Hawaiian Party atmosphere was not dampened by the rain, was also the first competition for many of our team's new members. Read more...

Date: October 8, 2005
Location: Lyme-Old Lyme, CT
Type: Off-Season
Game: Triple Play

BattleCry6 @ WPI

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BattleCry6 could be described as a bittersweet victory for Team 228; despite setting the world's second highest score ever in one of our matches, our robot also sustained the worst damage ever during the elimination rounds. Read more...

Date: June 18, 2005
Location: Worcester, MA
Type: Off-Season
Game: Triple Play

Beantown Blitz

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Type: Off-Season Date: May 21, 2005 Where: Boston, MA Exactly one month after the 2005 Championships, Gus Robotics attended their first post-season event of 2005. At Beantown Blitz, which is hosted by Northeastern University, Gus did very well in the qualification rounds with four wins and one loss, ending in the 9th seed. Read more...

Date: May 21, 2005
Location: Boston, MA
Type: Off-Season
Game: Triple Play

FIRST World Championship Event

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The 2005 FIRST Championship Event was held on April 21-23 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. Here, over 8,000 students from FIRST Lego League, VEX Robotics, and the FIRST Robotics Competition will compete against teams from all over the world. Read more...

Date: April 23, 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
Type: Championships
Game: Triple Play

UTC New England Regional

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As the only regional event attended by Team 228 in the 2006 season, the 2005 UTC New England Regional was one of the best in our team's history. After ranking among the top five teams for the entire event, Team 228 was selected into an alliance with teams 195 and 236. Read more...

Date: March 12, 2005
Location: Hartford, CT
Type: FRC Regional
Game: Triple Play