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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 Great FIRST Food Pyramid

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You don't want to miss this humorous version of the FDA's food pyramid, a la FIRST-style! This was created by one of the students of Team 228, Arthur Dutra, and originally posted onto Chief Delphi Forums.

Author: Arthur Dutra
Tags: 2006 fun buildseason

The Day FedEx Forgot Gus

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Oh no! It's the last day of the build season, your robot is all crated up and ready to be shipped, but FedEx never arrives! Will we get the robot shipped in time or will we be out of luck? Read more to find out today!

Author: Arthur Dutra
Tags: 2006 fun history story

2006 Team 228 Scouting Information

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Is your team going to the 2006 Championship Event? Then get a jump start on your scouting with this printable handout from Team 228 about our 2006 accomplishments at the UTC New England Regional!

Author: Arthur Dutra
Tags: 2006 scouting competition utcnewengland regional

2006 FRC Game Manual

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Aim High was a fast-paced game in which teams attempted to score as many seven-inch Poof (nerf) balls as possible into any one of three goals on the far side of the playing field. At the end of the match, robots could climb a steep ramp at their "home end" of the playing field for bonus points.

Author: FIRST
Tags: 2006 gamemanual

Team 228 on the Front Page!

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Just days before the 2006 UTC New England Regional competition, Team 228 was featured on the front page (above the fold!) of our local newspaper, which serves Meriden, Wallingford, Cheshire, and Southington CT. (Of these four towns, three have FRC teams.)

Author: Record-Journal
Tags: 2006 promotefirst newspaper

Robot Shooting Data

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View these raw results, showing the shooting accuracy of our robot at various locations from the center goal with our turret in various locations.

Author: Arthur Dutra
Tags: 2006 scouting robot

FIRST "Theme Songs"

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Listen to the two "official theme songs" created by FIRST in the 2006 season to highlight their four programs, the Junior FIRST LEGO League, the FIRST LEGO League, the FIRST Vex Challenge, and the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Author: FIRST
Tags: 2006 soundtrack

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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.