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Can and Bottle Drive!

July 4, 2008

Celebrating America's 232nd birthday this holiday weekend? Then save all those redeemable (the ones with the five cent deposit) cans and bottles, and donate them towards Team 228's Can and Bottle Drive Fundraiser. On Saturday, July 12, 2008 from 9am until 12pm, you can drop off all of your redeemable cans and bottles at Maloney High School.

All proceeds from recycling deposits of the cans and bottles will help fund our robotics programs to inspire high school students in the areas of science, technology, and engineering.

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Out to the Movies: WALL•E

July 1, 2008

On a Tuesday night at the end of June, our team took a trip to the local movie theater in Wallingford for $5-Tuesday, to see the newly released movie, WALL•E. One could not help but fall in love with the main character, WALL•E, who just happens to be a robot. In the movie, we watched as WALL•E traveled across the universe to track down the love of his life and fellow robot, EVE. The team is sure to be heard in the weeks that follow, still quoting some of the more memorable moments of the movie.

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Where's Wolcott? 2008

June 14, 2008

Team 228, on this Saturday in June, participated in the first ever "Where's Wolcott?" competition. This local event, hosted by our brother team Max 1071, had a fun atmosphere and lively music. Team 228 also had a special hand in the event as we happily provided food throughout the day. We served breakfast and lunch food, which included our growingly popular barbequed pulled pork sandwiches.

As matches go, we had some trouble throughout the day with robot injuries. A particularly major injury happened to the robot in the quarter finals when pop rivets sheared on the base of the robot leaving our air compressor dragging on the ground. Our alliance took a time out in which we were able to fix the robot with help of our alliance partners, but we still could not out score our opponents. With everything that happened we still had a great time at this local event and look forward to competing in and cooking at it in the future.

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Team 228 Award Ceremony 2008

June 8, 2008

On Sunday, June 8th Gus held its first award ceremony in over 5 years. We wanted to start recognizing our students and mentors again, for their hard work and dedication to the team. We awarded year pins to all the students on the team and the students who had been on the team for 2 or more years got letters in robotics. Also, since we haven’t had an award ceremony in a while, the award committee only thought it would be fair to award letters and pins to our alumni who didn’t have the chance to earn these awards while they were student members of the team. Most were able to make it and were very happy with their recognitions. We also had several major awards for mentors; one of them was the Mentors Hall of Fame. This year we inducted two members, Ben Piecuch and Gordon Morrison. Gus also has another Hall Of Fame, the Alumni Hall of Fame, which inducted Brian Ragaini, Samantha Harkness, and Matt Douglas this year. We congratulate all the mentors and students who won awards and thank them for their dedication to the team.

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Beantown Blitz 2008

May 31, 2008

Team 228 Gus had some of our best luck this season at this Boston event. We competed very well throughout the day and ended up being selected as the first pick in the fifth alliance. We lost in the quarter finals, but made an amazing effort. The highlight of the day was when we won our first award of the season, the "Knock Your Socks Off Award". It was given to us because throughout the day we never let our enthusiasm die and always showed our gracious professionalism. We also saw some of the best driving this year from our drivers. We are looking forward to more off-season events and a fun filled summer!

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Battlecry9 @ WPI

May 10, 2008

On Friday, May 9th, a buzz was in the air and excitement ran through our veins. We gathered outside of the workshop at school waiting for everyone to arrive. We were on our way to one of our favorite off season events, Battlecry @ WPI. This two day event hosted at WPI includes Friday night activities, a BBQ lunch on Saturday and tons of fun in between. Some of our team’s favorite Friday night activities included bowling at WPI’s private lanes, Wii games, and the ice cream social. Late into the night, chatting about the night’s fun and the next day’s competition could be heard through the hotels walls.

On Saturday the team woke up bright and early and enjoyed a breakfast of doughnuts and muffins. We went to the pits and got our robot ready for an intense day of battle. Throughout the day we tried our best but kept hitting brick walls when our pneumatics broke on several occasions. Our record coming out of eliminations was 2-5-0 and we got picked into the 16th seat alliance. We lost our elimination matches to the number 1 seat alliance, but don’t let this fool you because it was a very intense battle, with our team pulling out the stops on scoring. Our team had an amazing time at WPI and we thank them again for hosting another great event. We also can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year because it will be the 10th year anniversary of Battlecry and who knows what they’ll have in store!

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Walk for Autism Research 2008

May 4, 2008

On this lovely Sunday morning, robotics team Gus woke up early and attended a walk for autism at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. We showed our support for the cause by bringing our 2007 robot, team go-cart, and a Segway which we drove through the walk. We got many curious questions which we happily answered by explaining FIRST. At the end, everyone was tired, but we were also happy that we raised money for a good cause and spread the word of FIRST at the same time.

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Meriden Daffodil Festival and Parade 2008

April 27, 2008

It’s that time of year again! When carnival ride silhouettes emerge from the horizon and thousands of daffodils emerge from the ground. It couldn’t be anything else, but the Meriden Daffodil Festival. This 2 day event takes place during the third week of April every year and is a major town gathering event. With a parade, carnival rides, food tent, and craft fair, people of all ages are bound to find something they enjoy. Our team, Gus, decided to take advantage of this opportunity to raise some funds for our team and to get the word of FIRST out to the world. With a colorful parade float showing off our most recent robots and a booth in the food tent, thousands of people became exposed to FIRST. Our food booth also served a double purpose, to get the word out about FIRST and to raise funds for our team. We sold barbeque pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket, and cheesy bacon fries, selling out of everything by Sunday afternoon. We raised some good money for our team, but none of this would’ve been possible without the help of Mr. Gibbs, the father of our team member Josh. Thank You Mr. Gibbs!

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FIRST World Championships 2008

April 19, 2008

After three and a half months of blood, sweat, and tears over designing, building, and competing with robot, the event to end all events had arrived; the world championships. This is where the best of the best go to compete and to face-off head to head to try and claim the title of world champion. This was Gus’ first year, after three years away, going to the world championship. With a whole new generation of team members, it was a new experience to most. Some of the more memorable moments of the competition include George Bush senior talking at the opening ceremonies, eating at the Hard Rock Cafe, and the after party in Olympic park on Saturday night.

Our team’s record was 2-5-0, but we had many close matches, most with scores 80 or above. We didn’t have any major problems with the robot during actual competition, but we did have a series of important pop rivets shear in practice matches which took some time to repair. The team truly enjoyed every experience from the competition and can’t wait until next year to try and compete there again.

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Connecticut Regional 2008

March 15, 2008

This three-day event was Team 228’s first and only regional this year. Taking place at the Hartford Convention Center during the 13th-15th of March, our team used this event as a learning experience. With many new drivers on the team, we used this time to sort out which drivers and coaches work best together. Our final score at the end of the qualifying matches was 3-5-0 with no major injuries to the robot. Our team had fun meeting and competing with all the teams at this event. We look forward to competing at this event again next year.

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