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Are you ready to Rack N' Roll?!

January 6, 2007

January 6th, 2007 - Earlier today, several members, mentors, and alumni from Team 228 headed up to the Manchester, New Hampshire Live Kickoff Event to witness the unveiling of the 2007 FRC game. After a series of speeches by Dean, Woodie, and Dave, the new game was unveiled to the public. Named Rack N' Roll, the game is compromised of two main objectives: score inner tubes onto a center structure known as the "rack" in rows as long as possible (similar to Tic-Tac-Toe or Connect Four), as well as elevate your alliance partner robots above the ground at the end of the match for bonus points.

Beginning today, Team 228 along with the other 1300 FRC teams from around the world will have six weeks to design, fabricate, program, and test a robot for this year's new game before the robot's have to ship off to the first regional competition. Beginning this season, Team 228 is now excited to now have R&D Precision of Wallingford, CT as a new official team sponsor, as their CNC Sheet Metal Fabrication services will be a major asset to our team!

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Team 228 - Kickoff Night Pasta Dinner Fundrasier

December 18, 2006

Gus Robotics Team 228 will be hosting a fundraising Pasta Dinner on the night of the 2007 FRC Kickoff Event. Here are the Event details:

Date: Saturday, Januray 6th, 2007
Time: 6pm-8pm
Price: $6 in advance, $7 at door
Location: Maloney High School Cafeteria
121 Gravel Street, Meriden, CT 06540 [directions]

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact our head coach to receive the advance price discount. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you!


Upcoming School 2006/07 Season

September 12, 2006

With the approach of a new season - the ninth one for Team 228 - we're currently planning many new ventures. Behind the scenes, we are feverishly working with the local business industry to raise additional support for our team and FIRST. In the public spotlight, we've started a new recruiting strategy which has led to to nearly thirty-five new members to joining our team this year. With many more improvements planned, we're looking forward to a strong start to our ninth season in FIRST.


BattleCry7 @ WPI!

June 24, 2006

The days are getting longer, the weather hotter, and summer is nearly upon us. This can only mean one thing: it's time for BattleCry! Often ranked as many New England team's favorite off-season competition, BattleCry never fails to host an amazing competition. For Team 228, the reconstruction of our robot paid off well for us, despite often being paired into low-point-scoring alliances. In the end, our robot performed very well on the field, and we ranked 19th with a 3-3-1 win/loss/tie record.


Team 228: 'Back in the Game!'

June 20, 2006

Over the past few weeks the workshop at Maloney High School has been unusually busy, resembling the FRC build season more so than the springtime. The reason? Team 228 was busy stripping our robot apart down to the chassis and rebuilding much of it from the ground up, following the severe damage from the 2006 Championship Event. Like the rebirth of a phoenix from the ashes of its previous death, our robot was rebuilt from the ground up. As an unfortunate result of this, Team 228 missed the 2006 Beantown Blitz off-season competition, instead concentrating on coming back with full strength at BattleCry7 @ WPI. Now, with only days to go until BattleCry7, our robot is back and it's better than ever!


2006 FIRST Championship Event

April 29, 2006

As with everything in life, there are times that you perform well at competitions and times that when Murphy's Law seems to to lurk around every corner. The 2006 Championship Event was unfortunately the latter for Team 228. Of the eight matches we played in the Curie Division, six of them resulted in our robot "throwing" a drive chain. In our very last match, we had the most a series of high-speed ramming into our robot had severely damaged it, critically bending the frame. Even if we had been chosen into an alliance, our robot would not have been in a condition to compete. Despite the bad luck that plagued our robot during the Championships, the students and mentors of Team 228 would not let that spoil our enthusiasm. We vowed we would rebuild our robot, and come back and prove ourselves at later competitions in the year.

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Upcoming Event: 2006 Championship Event!

April 26, 2006

Nearly forty-five days after the UTC New England Regional, Team 228 is preparing to leave today for the 2006 FIRST Championship Event. Held in the Georgia Dome and the Georgia World Congress Center, this is the largest FIRST competition in the world. Here, 465 robots and over 10,000 students from around the world will play on six different playing fields in the middle of the Georgia Dome. In addition to the FIRST Robotics Competition, the FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Vex Challenge Championships are also being held simultaneously. For more information about the Championships, please see the following links:

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Our New and Updated Website!

April 24, 2006

Four long weeks and hundreds of hours of work later, the new version of our team website is finally done! We have introduced many new features into our team website, including better graphics, faster loading time, dynamic PHP-driven backend, improved support for "obscure" browsers, and even more content! In addition to all the new features, we have also doubled the amount of content on existing pages, and we have begun a major "digitalization" campaign to bring even more content to our team website. Our digitalization campaign will do exactly as its name implies: we are working on creating a huge digital FIRST library to preserve the history of this unique organization with all kinds of rare archived information, documents, program books, videos, and more.


The UTC New England Regional!

March 11, 2006

After a long, adrenaline-pumping, action-packed competition, the 2006 UTC New England Regional drew to a close today. After finishing up a few last-minute changes on Thursday and early Friday, we entered the qualifications with a huge, blindingly bright orange robot. During the competition, we won five of our matches, lost three, and tied in - leaving us in tenth place (out of forty teams) on Saturday before the Alliance Selections. After moving up and becoming the Seventh Alliance Captain, we picked teams 173 (RAGE) and 1665 (Weapons of Mass Destruction) for our alliance. Although we lost in the quarterfinals to teams 237, 716, and 1027, this was our second-best FIRST Regional ever. Visit our EventPictures and 2006 UTC New England Regional pages for more coverage on the 2006 UTC New England Regional.

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Upcoming Event - UTC New England Regional!

March 8, 2006

Just hours away, the 2006 UTC New England Regional is the culmination of weeks and weeks of tremendously hard effort by all the members and mentors of Gus Team 228. Having worked nearly every day in the six week build season to design and build the robot, now comes the time to show off all your hard work in a varsity-like competition. This year, the UTC New England Regional will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut and will run from March 9-11, 2006. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the extremely fun, adrenaline-packed, action-filled spirit of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Be sure to wear lots of orange so you can catch Team 228's legendary contagious enthusiasm!

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About Gus

Gus Robotics Team 228 was founded in 1999 to bring the excitement and inspiration of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) to students from Meriden, CT. Since then, our program has grown into a nationally-recognized robotics team for students from five different high schools in Meriden and Wallingford, CT.

Through our involvement in FRC and VRC, we introduce and inspire students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Mentors from a wide variety of fields including teaching, engineering (mechanical, electrical, robotics), computer science, machinists, technicians, business executives and more, teach students relevant real-world experience and applications.

We've also built strong relationships with our local school district, businesses and organizations to help provide our students the best possible experience; these sponsors are crucial to our long-term success.

Recent graduates from our program have won over quarter million dollars in scholarships, and have gone onto a variety of careers in STEM fields.