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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.

Note: FIRST has granted our team permission to post official FIRST media here as digital archived materials in our Document Library pages. All official FIRST documents, brochures, and materials are copyright by FIRST. All rights reserved.

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The History of Team 228: 1999-2002

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Learn more about the achievements of Team 228 through our first four years - 1999 through 2002. Learn more about how we helped start FRC Team 905 in 2002, or how we became the finalists of the UTC New England Regional in 2000.

Author: Bill Smitt
Tags: 2002 history competition regional pepclub


2002 FRC Game Manual

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An action packed game of amazing robots and game-plays, Zone Zeal represented another exciting game from FIRST's long history. With a multitude of objectives and some amazing robots, this is a favorite game of many.

Author: FIRST
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Pep Club / Chairman's Award Banner

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Download our 2002 Pep Club banner, which was also used as part of our submission for the 2002 Chairman's Award at the UTC New England Regional. This banner documents many of the things our team accomplished in our first four years as a team.

Author: Bill Smitt / Team 228
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About Gus

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.