Team History

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Team Info:

Team Name: The Duct Tape Bandits
Team Size: 40 Students, 8 Mentors
Schools: Platt High School, Maloney High School, Wilcox Tech High School, Wolcott High School
Competitions: UTC New England Regional (FRC), National Championships (FRC)
Awards: UTC Regional Finalist

Behind the 'Bots

Behind every robot is a story. A story of late nights, endless programming, and a rush to get everything done in only six weeks. Learn more about the design, fabrication, and achievements of each of our robots from our rookie year's bot to our latest robot, Gus 9.

The Robot


The first year of the twenty-first century was the second year for FIRST Robotics Team 228 - the "Duct Tape Bandits". As the year continued onward, Rocky Hill would eventually drop out of Gus for many reasons; of these geographic location was a major one. However our team continued on strong with out four high schools and a continued $40,000 dollar grant that our team received each year from 1999 to 2001. Although we had kept the name "Tri-town" for notoriety, the reality was now only a "Bi-town" Duct Tape Bandits.

Despite loosing Rocky Hill, the team continued on strong in 2000. Our 2000 robot, or Gus 2, was obviously made of the right stuff. Able to hang on the bar just by driving up to it and score balls into the goals on the playing field, we did extremely well at the UTC New England Regional that year. When the regional ended, we were Regional Finalists, the closest our team has ever gotten to winning a regional to date.

In 2000, Team 228 attended the UTC New England Regional, held at the Meadows Music Center, and the National Championships, held in EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World. Also in 2000, Team 228's participation in the FIRST Lego League began with FLL Team #610, the Klutzes, from Wolcott, CT.

Games Competed In

Co-Opetition FIRST (FRC)
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. The balls used were simple 13" rubber playground balls, and could be scored by either the robot of from a human player. Under each goal was a 30" clearance bar, which robots could drive under to reach the other side of the playing field. In between the two goals was a five foot bar at the top of a carpeted ramp, which teams could hand off of to obtain bonus points.