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Recent Happenings at Recent Meetings

June 5, 2012

For the first three meetings after getting done with Battlecry, we have been preparing to build our VEX robots for this season. To encourage our newer students to take a more hands-on approach at build meetings, we have held three informational VEX meetings. These meetings included going over the basics of drive trains, intake systems, and various other parts. We also had an in-depth game analysis in which students used their knowledge of the rules and game to rate important aspects for them to include in their robots. Now all of our students, even the new ones, are hard at work prototyping designs.

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Northeast Utilities CT FIRST Robotics Competition

March 31, 2012

The Hartford regional was an exciting competition to be at! You could feel it in air! Friday excitement started bright and early for 2 Gus students Amber Powers and Dave Powers. They were featured on the NBC 30 and News 8 that morning of the competition. Great media opportunity for CT FIRST and Gus Robotics. Gus ended up 43 in the standing and were honored we were picked by the Bobcats FIRST team 177 and they completed their alliance with the techno ticks FIRST team 236. Our triple balance was awesome! We were sadly knocked out in the quarter finals. Gus Robotics would like to congratulate the Cyberknight FIRST team 195, Rocketeers FIRST team 20 and BOP FIRST team 181 for your win! We didn’t go home empty handed though; the team was given the Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and one of our student, David Powers was chosen as a Dean's List Finalist along with Dom Bozzuto from our sister team Max team 1071. Most of all we had a great time! Thank you CT FIRST for a great regional!

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WPI Regional

March 10, 2012

On March 8-10 Gus Robotics FIRST team 228 attended the FIRST Regional tournament Rebound Rumble at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. We competed against 34 from all over the world. It was very exciting. We won the best Website and the Team Spirit awards. The team also received a medal for placing as a Finalist. Our alliance teams The Griffins team 1884, from England and The Devil Dwag team 549 from Leominster, MA were amazing! They were scoring, balancing points in the bridge, while Gus 14 was shooting baskets. It was so exciting it had all of us sitting on the edge of our seats. March madness robot style! What an Awesome game. Congratulation to all the teams that competed and thank you to WPI and all the Volunteers for an outstanding Regional!

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Gus Robotics is Proud to Present "GUS 14"

March 7, 2012

Click the below links to view FIRST Team 228 Gus Robotics 2012 release video and 2012 build blog!

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Gus Day

February 28, 2012

The City of Meriden has proclaimed “February 28, 2012” will be known as “Gus Robotics Team 228”day. We express extreme gratitude to Mayor Michael Rohde and the City Council of Meriden for issuing Gus Robotics Team 228 this proclamation we hope you will join us to celebrate Gus day! WEAR YOUR ORANGE!

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GUS' Trip to the Capital

February 8, 2012

Today GUS was presented with the pleasure of being invited up to the Capital to demo the robots, be recognized on the floor, and recieve an official Citation from the State. GUS was also interviewed by a local news channel, WTNH, Channel 8! Thank you Senator Suzio for making this all possible. Links to the video of GUS being recognized and the news clip are below!

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2012 FRC Kickoff Event Field Interaction Video

January 7, 2012

Our 2012 FRC kickoff field interaction video is up! Link is down below! Good luck to everyone this season!

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Pasta Kick-off Dinner Fundraiser

January 4, 2012

On Sunday, January 8th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Maloney High School, our annual Pasta Kick-off Dinner will be held! Please come and support GUS Robotics and bring your friends! Tickets will be sold at the door for $7, and $5 for children under 5. There will be tons of raffles and good times had by all! Hope to see you there!

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Kickoff 2012

January 4, 2012

With kickoff just around the corner, FIRST has just released the encrypted game manuals for download! Get a jump start on the FIRST community and don't get left behind trying to download the manual right after kick-off! See related links!

Won't be able to make it to Manchester or a local kickoff? We have the solution! You can watch the kick-off broadcast at the link posted below! Several members of GUS will be traveling up to kick-off, so look out for our annual field interaction video!

From everyone on GUS, we wish you and everyone in FIRST good luck this season!

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FRC Beta Presentation

December 15, 2011

Over the off-season, GUS was selected to be one of several teams to do beta testing for the new cRIO, Jaguar, and Relay. We held a presentation for several teams to check out what we did at the GUS shop. Also, even though we weren't directly asked to, we gave a brief demonstration about how to drive the robot with the Kinect and let several kids take it for a test drive. Thank you to everyone who came out and made this night a complete success!

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About FIRST

FIRST was founded in 1989 by the renowned inventor Dean Kamen. The aim of FIRST is to inspire students to careers in math, science, and technology through a fun and engaging robotics competition, which provides students with the ability to meet one-on-one with industry leaders and engineers.

The initial FIRST Robotics Competition comprised of 28 teams competing in a New Hampshire high school gymnasium. The ensuing years brought rapid growth to the program, to include over 35,000 students, 2,000 teams from 11 countries, competing at over 50 District and Regional Events, culminating with the World Championship Event in St. Louis, Mo.