One of the key components of FIRST is the collaboration between teams to share knowledge. Unlike traditional sports, in which one only cares about his or her own team, FIRST stresses gracious professionalism among teams. In order to help other FIRST teams, our students and mentors have written several articles and white papers to assist other teams. In addition to the white papers that were written by our team, we have included links to a few "must-read" white papers that encompass everything from people's experiences in FIRST to digital copies of newspaper articles that have featured our team. Finally, we have also included many older archived FIRST documents here as well.
Have you seen our 2000 Autodesk Team Animation yet? Did you wonder where the soundtrack came from? Wonder no more! Here's the audio soundtrack from our animation in mp3 format. This music piece was recorded speciafically for Team 228's 2000 Animation.
2.82 Mb 2000 Animation Soundtrack (mp3)
In the 2000 game, there were two main objectives: score balls into goals in the center of the playing field and hang from a five-foot bar at the end of the match. Learn more about the game from the 2000 FRC game manual.
Read one of our first team newsletters sent out to our members from the 2000 season. Entitled Gus World, these series of newsletters were published periodically until the 2001 season. [A lot on our team has changed since then.]
234.3 Kb Gus World Team Newsletter - Issue 1
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 animation banner buildseason buttons championship chiefdelphi competition flyer font fun game gamemanual gamepiece gusworld history howto lunacy newsletter newspaper pepclub promotefirst regional robot scouting sound soundtrack story team utcnewengland vex whitepaper
›› View all document tags.
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.