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Championship Divisions

April 11, 2005

Today, FIRST released the divisions for the 2005 Championship Event in Atlanta - and Gus Robotics Team 228 is in Archimedes! This will prove to be an exciting division, especially with teams 71, 79, 173, 179, 191, 217, 233, 342, 435, 494, 845, 1251, as well as GUS and our sister team, 1071 Max. For more information, see the our 2005 Championship page.

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NEW! Team Forums!

April 6, 2005

This website reflects upon the world - in the fact that it is always changing, always improving. Within the past few weeks, new videos, pictures, and pages have been added. And the latest addition is our TeamForums, which we are proud to introduce. Connecting the world together and sharing information and knowledge have been key highlights of FIRST, and we are proud to make this even easier. Now anyone, (including people from any FIRST team), can post to our forums. We expect this to become an excellent tool for not only our team, but also answering questions people may have about FIRST, and recruiting new members. So please, sign up today (it's free!).

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Getting Ready for the Championships

March 30, 2005

With only 21 days until the 2005 Championship event in Atlanta, Gus Robotics will be meeting weekly to continue making buttons, practicing with last year's robot, and coding more of the autonomous program. Also, more work has continued on the website, with subtle graphics changes, and new content. The GetInvolved page was created, and over a dozen new videos, including our 2005 television documentary, were uploaded to the MultiMedia page. Also, our site has been registered on the FIRST Top Site, and our ranking is in the logo at the bottom of the right hand column. So be sure to check back for more updates as the Championships draws near.

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UTC New England Regional!

March 11, 2005

As day one of the UTC New England (Hartford) Regional drew to a close, hopes were high for Gus Robotics. After an decent showing in the Thursday practice rounds, Gus Robotics surprised all the teams by blowing away the competition. Through a large portion of Friday morning, Gus Robotics was the first ranked team (out of 35), and ended the day never dropping below 6th for the qualification rounds. Also, Gus Robotics has won the Best Website Award for the regional, and is now in the running for the national best website. And Gus would like to thank Billy from the WPLR Morning Show for coming to the regional this morning. And with two qualification rounds left for Saturday, as well as the elimination rounds, Gus Robotics would like wish all the teams good luck!

›› FIRST In the News! On Sunday, March 13, 2005, the Hartford Courant ran an article about FIRST on the front page of the Connecticut section and featured teams 20, 173, 195, 228, 236, and 1071. See these links for pages 1 and 2 of the article.

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Upcoming Competition :: Hartford!

March 4, 2005

With less than a week to go until our first competition of 2005, there is a lot going on at Gus Robotics. Our pep club is getting ready, making banners and hundreds of buttons to hand out; construction of our new robot cart is progressing (this year it uses a powered scissor lift to raise/lower the robot!); and our website is going under yet another revision (now our website automagically resizes itself to best fit your screen so you don't have to scroll sideways!). Also, because of an email from Gus, WPLR-FM 99.1 ("Connecticut's Rock Station") will be sending Billy from their morning show from the Hartford Regional on Friday, March 11, 2005 to do interviews!

›› Experience FIRST! Attend the UTC New England Regional Competition! Experience the excitement, the adrenaline, the competition! Although you may have been to numerous sporting events before, FIRST cannot compare. With all the adrenaline, the fast-paced, action-filled competitions, cheerleaders, team spirit, and loud music of a conventional sports game, but even better; FIRST competitions are THREE DAYS LONG! If you wish to attend (which we encourage everyone to attend!) then either attend our next meeting (preferred option) on Tuesday, March 8, Room 59, Platt High School, 6:30 PM to 9 PM or you can drive up yourself on Friday March 11 or Saturday March 12 to the Meadows Music Center. Competition hours are roughly 9:30 AM to 6 PM both days and there is FREE Admission! And be sure to wear lots of orange!

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2005 UTC Scrimmage

February 19, 2005

Every year for the past four years, Aces High Team 176 has hosted the UTC Scrimmage, with the official FIRST playing field. Almost twenty teams attended the event, including Gus Robotics. Although Gus Robotics did not walk away winners, we did not walk away empty handed. We gained very valuable driving experience among four different drivers/co-drivers, as well as first hand experience with the robot. Some our our mechanisms work very well, while others need refining. However, our operator interface met rave reviews among the other teams. So with only three days left, we'll be finishing the robot, creating autonomous programs, and refining our ideas. See our Event Pictures page for pictures from the event.

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Valentine's Day Update

February 14, 2005

Here it is, a week (actually 8 days) to go until ship date. This Saturday, Gus Robotics will participate in the UTC Scrimmage at Suffield High School. Members, if you would like to attend the event, please show up this week and see Mr. Morrison. Also, the animation rendering has begun (we'll be heating our workshop running our three Macs 24/7 for the next week), and our new website is 99.9% finished. Our robot construction is on time, and so far we're under weight. The website should be totally done later this week (I've been up past midnight to 1 or 2 AM several times the past few days working on it!), complete with team bios, lots of pictures (several hundred), a multimedia section, as well as tons of new great content, all of which is brand new for the 2005 season. All said and done the webmaster has had little sleep and lots of caffeine in the past 10 days! And oh yeah, happy Valentine's Day!

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Website Update

February 4, 2005

As this site continued to grow and grow, it was becoming too much for Publisher 2003 to handle. So we are now transferring over to FrontPage 2003, and with this, everything will pretty much be redone. As we switch over, remember this is entirely student work, and we are learning FrontPage as we go. In the creation of the new site, we will be keeping several things in mind:

As this site was designed, we wanted to not only have a great looking site, but also have one where you can spent more than a few minutes without getting bored. So in addition to average stuff on our site like pictures and video clips, you can also find things such as the history of our team, where the name Gus came from, what the favorite food our team coach is, or read about some of Dean Kamen's other inventions. Also, see this link to learn more about this site. So be sure to check back frequently as we continue to add more content.

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New Website!

January 22, 2005

Our old interim website was, well interim. So for a team known their team spirit and imagery, this is our new website, the new team228.org. In designing this new site, we tried to make it bright and flashy and new, while still having all the same great content. This new site also uses to new FIRST logo, which were recently released. Also, EVERY page on this website is brand new for the 2005 season (all student work) - and I mean everything! The new webmasters for this year are Sam, Art, and Mr. Morrison as advisor. Members, if you have any good digital pictures, movie clips, or other media that you would like posted, see Samm or Art at the next meeting. We would also like to thank our newest sponsor, Logan Steel Inc. for their contributions to the team, as it is greatly appreciated. This site will be under construction for the first week or two, so please be considerate. Thanks from all the web crew!

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Looking for new members!

January 8, 2005

As Gus Robotics prepares for the next six weeks of building robots, programming, and overall gearing up for the competitions, we are looking for new members. Anyone can and should join, as there is something for everyone at Gus. We are not asking for much from new members, only that they show up to at least 1-2 meetings per week. If you do not think that robotics is for you, you are sadly mistaken. We have had many students think that robotics was boring until they went to a competition, and then they loved it and would never think of not joining. For more information on Gus and FIRST, see the What's Gus page or email our head coach.

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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.