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Page Navigation:December 14, 2008
On this Sunday, team Gus held its own Savage Soccer competition at Maloney High School in Meriden, Connecticut. The matches ran smoothly all day even though a few teams could not attend due to an ice storm in Massachusetts. Four out of the five teams that Gus had sponsored went head to head against each other in the quarter final matches. Surprisingly, none of the Gus teams were one of the winners of the competition, but one of the teams entitled, Smordantobertolan, did win the Fuego Award for their enthusiasm. Team Gus had an amazing time hosting this event and they hope to hold it again next year with as much success.
December 11, 2008
Earlier this month, FIRST has released the first of their annual game hints prior to the next year’s FRC Kickoff Event. While in the past these hints have been screenshots from the game animation, rhyming poems, and even an electronics board sent out to the teams, this year’s first game hint was something new. A photo of a fish; an Opah to be more precise. Below is the exact image sent out to FIRST teams.
Several weeks after this initial game hint, the second game hint was released. This game hint was more in the style of the traditional FIRST game hint, as a poem with deeper meaning about the upcoming game.
Take your machine out of the shop on Colorado in Paramount;
stop by and get connected on Central in Phoenix;
drive by and make a pickup on Minnetonka in Minnetonka;
then head to the field on Evergreen in Dover.
What can these clues mean? Are we finally getting the long talked about water game? Or is the photo of the fish just a diversion for something totally different? Sound off your ideas on ChiefDelphi in the following threads or here in our team forum.
›› ChiefDelphi thread about Game Hint #1
›› ChiefDelphi thread about Game Hint #2
December 5, 2008
What makes schools in Meriden cool? Gus Robotics does!
On Friday the 5th, Gus is going to be on live television for Eyewitness News, Channel 3, as part of their Cool School segments. We're going to be bringing our robot and contagious enthusiasm. If your interested in seeing your favorite orange-colored team from Meriden, turn on your television Friday between 5-7am!
October 18, 2008
On Saturday October 18, the new Savage Soccer game was released. The game is based around the scoring of ping pong balls and features field elements such as the Inclined Plane Of Doom (IPOD) and the Scales of Justice. The main event will take place at WPI on November 15th, so teams have only a few short weeks to build. Gus is also holding its own event, entitled Savage Soccer South of the Border, in our hometown of Meriden, Connecticut on December 14th. Gus is looking forward to seeing everyone there!
October 18, 2008
On October 18, Gus attended Bash @ the Beach in Lyme- Old Lyme, Connecticut. We performed well throughout the day, although popping a chain several times. Our arm stayed in one piece throughout this competition thanks to the repairs Rosie helped us make at Bear Brawl last weekend. At this competition since several teams left early or could not compete in the finals for different reasons, the final alliances were pre-picked. Gus was in the first seat alliance along teams 1519 and 178. Thank you to our alliance partners for performing well in the quarter finals.
Gus had oodles of fun at our last FRC event of the 2008 season and now we wait anxiously for January to see what the new season brings.
October 11, 2008
Team 228 had some of our best luck of the season at this first annual event, Bear Brawl. At the end of the qualification rounds, Team 228 was in third place and chose teams 176 and 2523 to be our alliance partners. Along with our alliance partners help, Team 228 made it into the finals. Thank you teams 176 and 2523!
Gus would also like to give a special thanks to Rosie 839 for helping us get our arm back up and running. They came to us after they saw our arm was broken and helped us fix it by supplying one inch square tubing and drills. Without their help, Gus wouldn't have been able to do as well as we did today. Thank you Rosie!
Gus would also like to thank Western New England college and all the volunteers that helped make this event happen. This was Team 228's best event of this season so far and we enjoyed ourselves greatly. We won two awards at this event, a finalist award and one for the human player competition.
Lastly, look for Gus next week in Old Lyme, Connecticut at Bash at the Beach, our last off season event of the year.
August 19, 2008
Today, at noon central time, the new VEX Robotics game called Elevation, was released. The game takes place on a 12' by 12' field and the matches are two on two with a blue and red alliance. The main playing field components of the game are 3" cubes and the object is to score them in one of the eight goals on the field. The triangular-shaped goals range in height from 3" to 21" and the object is to own a goal by having your cube be the last one on top. There is also a special 10.5" cube on the field that if your alliance "owns" it at the end of the match, then your alliance receive 5 extra bonus points. The matches have a 20 second antonymous period at the beginning and then following is 2 minutes of a driver operated period.
For more information on the game, click on the link below to get to the official games website.
August 17, 2008
Gus Robotics continues its fundraising efforts with Big Country Hickory Pit BBQ. The team will be at the Chester Fair, Chester, Connecticut, August 22, 23, & 24. Then at the Woodstock Fair, Woodstock, Connecticut, August 29, 30, 31, & September 1. Finally, spreading the word of FIRST and BBQ at the Four Town Fair, Somers, Connecticut, September 11, 12, 13, & 14. Directions to these fairs and hours of operation can be found at the fair websites listed below.
These three fairs along with the Meriden Daffodil Festival in the spring will allow the team to reach over 500,000 people with the benefits of FIRST in a single year!
For those fans of Gus and BBQ, the menu will vary from fair to fair, but will include items such as; BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ beef brisket sandwiches, Georgia Red Hots, Cheese & Bacon Fries, Corn on the Cob, & ice cold drinks. Stop by the fair nearest you, enjoy some good food and good friends, and talk about the upcoming FIRST season.
August 9, 2008
On Saturday, August 9th team 228 Gus went mini golfing at Putter’s Paradise in Berlin, as a summer fun activity. We enjoyed two rounds of golf on two very challenging courses. Some of us realized that just because it says it’s a par three hole, doesn’t mean it won’t take you six tries to get the ball in. I would also like to congratulate Art Dutra III for having the best score of the mentors and Nick Mann for having the best score of the students. Everyone, in the end put in a good effort and had fun competing.
July 30, 2008
At last, the day everyone had been waiting for arrived! On a humid night in August, team 228 Gus went bowling as one of our summer fun activities. With what seemed like gallons of Mountain Dew and the place almost to ourselves, we couldn't have asked for more! Before we went bowling though, we had a quick meeting in the shop to work on some sorting and organizing that had to be done. With that complete, the team devoted the rest of the night to bowling, laughing, and having a good time. At the end of the night, everyone agreed that this would not be the last time the team went bowling together.
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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.