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The Robot

Each year as part of the FIRST Robotics Competition, Team 228 must build an entirely new robot from scratch. Six long weeks of designing, machining, fabricating, wiring, and programming go into the creation of our team's robots. When the robot is shipped at the end of each build season, we are hardly done. We always seek to improve our robots, to add new features, to make our drive trains faster, our arms more powerful, and our programming more extensive during the official Fix-It windows or after the competitions during the post-season.

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Team 228: Gus One

Gus 1, our rookie year robot, was quite different than every other subsequent robot from our team. Without prior experience and knowledge from members, teachers, or engineers, our 1999 robot perfectly reflected that.

Originally almost thirty pounds overweight, it was ironically this drastic oversight that lead to our team name of Gus. Originally on the side of the robot were huge aluminun plates that had "Augustus Robtoticus Maximus" on the side of them, due to weight concerns one by one letters were cut off until the robot made weight limit. When it was done, all that was left was "Gus". This soon became the nickname for the robot, and in 2001, our official team name.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

Team 228: Gus One

While our team did seed first at the P.A.R.C. off-season competition, our robot was built using the "keep adding more metal until it works" mantra. While our robot chassis and drive train epitomizes this unsound (engineering-wise) mantra, our elevator was quite the opposite. To this day, our elevator from our 1999 robot remains the only thing that we have kept intact from that robot.

Quick Stats

Drive Train

Transmissions: 2x Bosch Drill Transmission
Speed: 5 ft/sec
Motors: 2x Bosch Drill Motor
Setup: Half track with casters in the back


Primary: Scoring the floppies
Loading: Able to scoop up the floppies


Strategy: Blocking teams

Drive Team

Experience: 1 year of experience

Robot Photos

Here are several photos of our 1999 robot, Gus One, chosen randomly from our Photo Galleries. To view more photos of this robot, please visit the "gus1" photo gallery tag page.

Gus 1
1999 FIRST Robotics Competition - Double Trouble
Action Shot
1999 Robot - Gus 1
Gus 1 - 1999 FRC Robot
1999 FRC Robot - Gus 1
Smoked electric motor
Fix IT!

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There were 1 robot(s) built for the 1999 competition season.

About the Kit Of Parts

Every year immediately following the FRC Kickoff Event, every FRC team receives a standard Kit Of Parts. Contained in two totes, this single Kit contains enough motors, wheels, pneumatics, and electronics to build a basic robot. From this, teams can add additional components or raw materials, such as gears, roller chain, timing belts, aluminum, or polycarbonate (to name a few common additions) as governed by the game manual to build their final robot.

FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts

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.