About Our Team
The year was 1999 and a new fever was beginning to spread out across the nation. That fever, the FIRST Robotics Competition, which had been founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen was growing at a rapid pace. Several students and teachers from high schools in Meriden, Rockey Hill, and Wolcott came together with an idea, to start a FIRST Robotics team within the three schools. 10 years later, and that dream is as strong as ever!
When the students and faculty in the towns of Meriden, Wolcott, and Rocky Hill came together to form Team 228, the union was difficult at first for some. The two Meriden high schools (Platt and Maloney) had been bitter rivals in everything from football to marching band going back nearly fifty years. In a move that epitomizes the very essence of gracious professionalism itself, Team 228 continues to be one of the only things in our community that successfully unites these two rival schools.
Building your future
Each year, Gus Robotics Team 228 is comprised of roughly 25 students, 10 mentors, and 2 engineers. Through the FIRST Robotics Competition, students involved with our team learn competitive skills that are often not taught in the traditional classroomm environment. These skills, coupled with over $8 Million dollars in scholarships available through FIRST, help enable students to successful careers in the fields of math, science, technology, and engineering.
If you are interested in attending a post-secondary school (such as a college or a university), FIRST is an excelent credential for college applications and resumes. The life skills learned and experienced through involvement with our team are mostly unmatched by any other high school activity, whether it's creative problem solving, collaborative teamwork, student leadership, and much more.
Although our team name might imply otherwise, Team 228 is about more than just building a robot. Building a robot, though the most obvious, is only facit of our intense involvement in the FIRST Robotics Competition. These other aspects of our diverse team include:
- Robot Design and Fabrication
- Team Spirit / Pep Club
- Public Relationa and Community Outreach
- Computer Animation
- Website Creation and Design
- Computer Programming
- Video and Multimedia Production
- FIRST Vex Challenge ("Junior Varsity" level team)
Regardless of your interests, there is something for everyone on Team 228! While parents may love all the college preparation and scholarship aspects of our team, students on our team will quickly learn what exactly makes FIRST "The Hardest Fun Ever!" Whether they are designing parts in a CAD environment to pe produced on high-tech CNC sheet metal machines, wiring up the electrical system on the robot, creating awesome team videos on one of our three iMacs, or thinking of creative ways in which Team 228 can reach out into our community, students on our team always have tons of fun in everything they do!
Team 228 at a Glance
Location: Meriden, Connecticut, USA
Team Size: 25 Students, 10 Mentors
High Schools: Platt, Maloney, Wilcox Tech High Schools in Meriden; Lyman Hall, Sheehan High Schools in Wallingford
Rookie Year: 1999
Team Mantra: Contagious Enthusiasm!
About our School
On October 10, 2005, Gus Team 228 moved from our previous home at Platt High School to another one of our high schools across town - Maloney High School. Among our many new facilities at Maloney High School: our own private machine room for our milling machine and lathe, greatly expanded storage space, and overall better facilities.
Adult Mentors on Team 228
Faculty Advisor, 3D Animation, Mechanical
Adult Mentor - Mechanical
Adult Mentor - Machining, Construction
Arthur Dutra III
Adult Mentor - Electrical, Programming
Adult Mentor - Public Relations, Pep Club
Adult Mentor - Mechanical
College Mentor - Pep Club, Mechanical
Arthur Dutra IV
College Mentor - Mechanical, Web Site, Video/Photography
Bud and Wendy Gibbs
Mr. and Mrs. Boeglin