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Robotics Schedule for 2005

January 8, 2005

Here's this years schedule for the next six weeks:

Mon-Thurs: 6:30-9:00 PM
Friday:    No meetings
Saturday:  9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday:    1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Please also note that due to inclement weather, meetings will be postponed/canceled. Generally if school is closed or early dismissal due to snow, there is no meeting. Be sure to check your email for specific meeting dates being postponed. Attendance is not mandatory to all meetings (as we know you have families and jobs too), however, in order to be able to attend the competitions, Hartford or National Championships, you must show up to at least 1-2 meetings per week. To qualify for drive team you must show up to at least 3 to 4 meetings per week. If you have any questions email Mr. Morrison.

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FIRST Kickoff 2005 - Triple Play

January 8, 2005

This years game was unveiled today, and it's basically tic-tac-toe! Using tetrahedron scoring pieces your robot will have to place them atop 9 large tetrahedron shaped goals to make rows of three. Your robot may also score the tetras underneath the goal. Some slight differences this year are a 120 pound max weight (without the battery), 28 by 38 by 60 inch robot max dimension, and a slightly larger playing field. For more info on this years game, visit www.usfirst.org. See these links for videos and the transcript from the 2005 Kickoff. So good luck FIRST teams, and let Gus' seventh year begin!

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BlockBlitz Tournament

December 15, 2004

The BlockBlitz EDU Tournament was held today at Platt High School. Thanks to participating teams for their effort. It was unfortunate that Team 195 and Team 155 were unable to attend, but the competition went on. Gus Robotics scored first place, and Team 176, Aces High went home with the second place, as well as the Judges' Award. See our EventPictures page for pictures from the event. Our EDU Challenge proved successful at helping students understand what FIRST is all about without the stress of the 6-week build cycle. Next fall, be sure to look for the next EDU Challenge from Gus Robotics.

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Directions to Platt

December 11, 2004

Here are the general directions on how to get to Platt High School for our 2004 BlockBlitz Championship.

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BlockBlitz Playing Field

December 9, 2004

Here they are, official pictures of the BlockBlitz playing field, for the 2004 EDU Challenge. All field elements, table dimensions, and rules can be found in the BlockBlitz page.

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EDUbot Challenge revealed - BlockBlitz

November 24, 2004

It's HERE! Block Blitz is Gus Robotics' first annual EDU Challenge. So get out your EDU kits and power up your batteries, because you only have 3 weeks before the competition. 10 Teams have been invited so far. More details...

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EDUbot Challenge

November 1, 2004

You all know about those EDU kits you have at your teams, well guess what - Gus Robotics Team 228 is going to be hosting an EDU Challenge, open to all local FIRST teams! The purpose of the EDU Challenge would be to teach new team members what FIRST is about without the constraints of the 6 week build cycle. Details are still being worked out, so be sure to check you email for the release date and game info.

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FIRST Scholarships

October 11, 2004

FIRST has announced this years scholarships. The following message was from them:

Greetings Teams:

FIRST is pleased to direct you to our website at www.usfirst.org/robotics/scholsh.htm to view the 2005 FIRST scholarships listing. New postings will be added in the following weeks and we encourage you to check back often.

Last season, thanks to the great support of 45 colleges, universities, companies and professional associations, FIRST participants were able to take advantage of 250 scholarship opportunities valued at a total of nearly $5 million. We are adding even more scholarship offerings for 2005.

FIRST scholarships are available for a wide variety of majors at schools across North America. Application deadlines range from November 2004 to May 2005. If you have any questions, or need further information, please contact Catherine Attardo at Catherine@usfirst.org.

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Bash at the Beach

October 2, 2004

Gus Team 228 participated in the Bash at the Beach competition at Lyme-East Lyme High School. Our new members got a new taste of what robotics is all about. Although we finished 17th out of 27 teams, we were paired up with the number one team for the finals. Gus scored all the points that match after our partner had the misfortune of tipping over. But in the end, we ended up having a great time, and a good end for the 2004 season.

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