Team History

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Team Info:

Team Name: Gus Robotics Team 228
Team Size: 20 Students, 8 Mentors
Schools: Platt High School, Maloney High School, Wilcox Tech High School
Competitions: New Jersey Regional, UTC New England Regional, Beantown Blitz, BattleCry5 @ WPI, Bash at the Beach
Awards: UTC Imagery Award

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


After coming off the 2003 season ranking dead last at the New Jersey Regional, our performance in the 2004 season was vast improvement. At our first event of the year, the New Jersey (Mid-Atlantic) Regional, we ranked eleventh out of almost fifty teams. For most of the rest of the season our ranking was normally around the middle of the pack, although it fluctuated greatly depending on who the coach for the drive team was. The robot itself worked flawlessly when properly prepped before each match, as there was never any major mechanical part of that robot that failed or broke during the competition. On the whole, our 2004 robot was one of those "sleeper" robots, that would continue to score a lot of points, while remaining "under the radar".

There was many things about our 2004 robot that were phenomenal. Our simple, efficient, pneumatic-fired goal grabber was one of the best in the nation. Our autonomous mode mode was one of the best mobile goal autonomous modes in the nation; when it worked correctly (which was most of the time), we would drive out, grab onto our mobile goal, and then park it under either of the ball drops, which would then fill the mobile goal full of balls. When coached properly, our robot could easily fill up the mobile goal, cap the mobile goal with one of the 2x multiplier balls, find and pick up a second multiplier ball, and cap our stationary goal.

Also in 2004 was our first and only EDUbot / Robovation competition that we held, the BlockBlitz tournament. BlockBlitz, which was played on a four by eight foot table and used the EDUbot kits from Innovation FIRST was only the beginning our our team's experience with smaller scale (compared to their full-size FRC cousins) robots. In 2005, Team 228 would begin its involvement in the FIRST Vex Challenge program, which used the new Vex kits then available only through RadioShack. As the 2004 season ended, there was a growing subconscious feeling among many of our participants that our next year in FIRST, which would also be our seventh year, would be one of our best ever. There was never any definitive reason or source behind these feelings, but these would not prove to be wrong. In our 2005 season, we were one of the best teams in not only the state, but also the Northeast.

Games Competed In

FRST Frenzy: Raising the Bar (FRC)
In what has been called the quintessential or perfect FIRST game by many in the FIRST community, FIRST Frenzy was an amazing game that was divided up into many tasks. The first one of those tasks involved scoring small five-point, 13" playground balls into two goals: one six foot high stationary goal, and one four foot high mobile goal. But the robot alone could not score these points; the robot could only push these small balls to the human player and have them throw the balls into these goals. In addition to this, there were three, 30" 2x score multiplier balls on the playing field. Anytime you capped one of your two goals with these balls, it doubled the score for all balls contained in that goal. To add to this, a ten-foot high hanging bar was introduced into the game play, which was a 50-point bonus if you could hang off of it at the end of the match.