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Page Navigation:December 12, 2009
Techno music was streaming through the air, cheers were erupting from the crowd, and four robots were racing around a field. This was the scene during the finals match at the second annual Savage Soccer South of the Border event hosted by Team 228, Gus. In attendance, there was 12 diverse teams; one from a Boston, one made up of 6th graders from local middle schools, and many others comprised of enthusiastic students. The event was a great success for all who competed or spectated. Congrats to Team Arnold Palmer Light and Team LOLephants for your win. Gus plans on holding the event again next year and anyone with a robot designed for the game is encouraged to come!
December 5, 2009
On Saturday, December 5, Team 228 competed in the Quinsigamond VEX Robotics Competition in Worcester, Mass. The team really did a Clean Sweep at the event by going undefeated not only in the qualifying rounds, but in the elimination rounds as well, ending the day with a 11-0-0 record and a Champion Trophy. Our team also won the Sportsmanship Award for assisting several other teams at the event and volunteering to fill field resetting positions throughout the entire competition. Team 228 ranked 2nd place for the alliance selections, and chose teams 44 and 2625c for alliance partners. Both 44 and 2625c had very well designed robots that contributed greatly to the success of our alliance. Thank you 44 and 2625c!
Ouc VRC team now will be heading to Dallas, Texas in late April 2010 to compete in the 2010 VRC World Championship. We are very excited because of this long-awaited win, and cannot wait to compete (and win!) at the VRC Championships. Our success at this event will enable our team to the eligible to compete at the Walt Disney World VEX All-Star Challenge, taking place in Fall 2010.
Congrats again to all teams who competed in this past Saturday's competition!
November 18, 2009
After weeks of writing letters, exchanging emails, and waiting, Team 228 received a gracious gift from the CUNO Foundation. Gus received a grant for over $8000 so the team could buy 3 new Mac computers with 27 inch screens. The team was wide-eyed when they saw the new technology for the first time and it didn't take long for the team to put them to use. The team is using the new computers to learn 3D animation, update the team website, manage team's photo and video archives, and program robots. We are very appreciative of these new additions to the team and we thank CUNO for their gracious grant!
November 13, 2009
The 13th Savage Soccer competition held at WPI was very successful for Team 228 and the four mini-teams it produced. After the qualifying rounds, all four teams were in the the top 16 out of 50 teams there, two being in the top 8. One of the teams, The LOLephants, were finalists in the competition, coming in second place. Another team, Arnold Palmer Lite, won the Terrific Teamwork award, which was voted on by all the other teams. This team also was ranked in third place after the qualifying rounds and had the high score of 154. The almost all girls team, except for one Mann, The Dino-bots, took home the Team Spirit award from WPI for their contagious enthusiasm. Our last team, entitled, Don't Worry About It, lived up to their name by ranking 8th after the qualification rounds.
Gus is now looking forward to our Savage Soccer competition, Savage Soccer South of the Border, which we will be hosting on December 12th, at Maloney High School in Meriden, CT. If you didn't get enough robot competition at WPI, come to our Savage Soccer competition. Play the same game, but south of the Massachusetts boarder. To sign up or for more information, visit the link on our home.
Hope to see you there!
October 3, 2009
Congrats team 228 on making it to the finals at the Bash at the Beach robot competition! In an amazing alliance with 195 and 178, 228 and their partners were almost unstoppable! Thank you 195 and 178 for your teamwork! Also, congrats to teams 40, 238, and 1099 on your win!
Gus ended the competition with a 8-3-1 win-loss-tie record, our best of the season! Also, Gus went home with two awards, the Finalist award and the Cool Under Pressure award, an award for keeping calm in stressful situations. Thank you 236 and all the other teams who put on an amazing event!
Team 228 had a wonderful experience playing Lunacy this season. We learned a lot and now cannot wait until the new game releases in January.
September 27, 2009
As summer is reaching a climax and heading towards fall, Gus is going to be busy barbecuing once more. We are going to be at four local Connecticut fairs selling our famous BBQ delights as a team fundraiser. Items on the menu include: pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket sandwiches, mesquite chicken sandwiches, cheesy bacon fries, and a new item BBQ ribs. If your looking for a fun day trip to take with your friends or family in the next weeks, come to one of these following local fairs:
1) North Branford Potato and Corn Festival
From: Friday, August 7th -Sunday, August 9th
2) Woodstock Fair
From: Thursday, September 4th - Sunday, September 7th
3) Four-Town Fair - Somers, CT
From: Friday, September 17th - Sunday, September 19th
4) Durham Fair
From: Friday, September 25th - Sunday, September 27th
For addresses of fairs and other useful information, follow the below links to the fairs' websites.
So mark your calenders and we hope to see you at the fairs!
›› Woodstock Fair Website
›› Four Town Fair Website
›› Durham Fair Website
August 15, 2009
On a beautiful day in August, team Gus took a day-cation to Rocky Neck Beach State Park in Connecticut. This was one of our two summer fun activities, the other will be Lazer Tag. Team members enjoyed the sun, sand and surf and many memories were made. They had fun playing frisbee in the ocean, having a picnic, and running around pretending to be super heroes. The team's next summer fun activity is this Wednesday, Lazer Tagging, and we hope to see you there!
July 11, 2009
Gus Robotics needs your help! We are having a can and bottle drive fundraiser on Saturday, July 11th from 9am - noon at Maloney High School and we would love any and all donations! Donations can be dropped off at Maloney's woodshop on said time and date.
Having parties this Saturday on the 4th of July? Save your redemable cans and bottles and donate them to our team! Please help our team and support us by helping out in our fundraiser! Thank you and we hope to see you next Saturday!
June 11, 2009
As the school year is winding down, school are having their award ceremonies and other honoring events. Congratulations to the following team members on their academic achievements:
Jordan Adams - French I Excellence Award, four terms of high honors, Team Spirit award for robotics, varsity letter for robotics, two year pin for robotics
SM Ahmed - University of Rochester Xerox Award - valued at up to $80K to UR, four terms of high honors, three year pin for robotics
Jon Boeglin - Rennsalaer Medal for Platt - valued at up to $60K to RPI, Tri-M Music Honor Society, four terms of high honors, Outstanding Achievement Certificate, Exemplary Academic Achievement, Outstanding Dedication award for robotics
Louise Carozza - Platt Highest Math Score for 9th Grade, Tri-M Music Honor Society, four terms of high honors
Tina Dutra - Carolyn Hitchcock Medal for Biology, four terms of high honors, varsity letter in tennis, Captain of robotics team, Outstanding Dedication Student award for robotics, varsity letter in robotics, two year pin for robotics
Rebecca Gibbs - The Tommy De Paola Art Excellence Award, Tri-M Music Honor Society
Kevin Mann - Rennsalaer Medal for Maloney - valued at up to $60K to RPI, four terms of high honors, three year pin for robotics, Co-Captain of robotics team
Carla Sauza - four terms of high honors, Team Spirit award for robotics, manager of girls swim team and girls tennis
Kate Mordarski - French II & US History/Civics Excellence Awards, four terms of high honors, varsity letter in tennis, one year pin for robotics, Team Spirit award for robotics
Dylan Cardona - Tri-M Music Honor Society, Super Scout award for robotics, one year pin for robotics
Josh Gibbs - Tri-M Music Honor Society, four year pin for robotics
Matt Clark - two year pin for robotics, varsity letter for robotics
Peter Ruffino - varsity letter in robotics, two year pin for robotics
Dan Tobin - varsity letter for robotics, two year pin for robotics
Ben Chuong - three year pin four robotics, Co-Captain of robotics
Bob Dutra - National Honors Society
In total, students on our team have won $200,000 in scholarships this year. Congratulations on being rewarded for your hard work!
Also congratulations to our seniors on making it into the following colleges:
-Paul Gallagher will be attending Eastern Connecticut State University majoring in Computer Science. He also earned his one year robotics pin.
-Shannon Stolting will be attending University of Minnesota majoring in mechanical engineering. She is also in the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, graduated with high honors, and received scholarships for being a scholar athlete and from the Center Congressional Church and the University of Minnesota.
May 12, 2009
Inspired by Facebook, a new feature has been added to the photo galleries on our website. When you are viewing a single photo in a photo gallery (such as this one), you can now use the Left and Right arrows on the keyboard to browse through the photos!
If you have any additional ideas for new features for our website, be sure to let us know on our contact page. We'd love to hear from you!
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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.