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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 Three

Gus Three was the name of our 2001 robot for the 2001 Diabolical Dynamics FRC game. Now in our third year of existence, our team continued to use 1/4" aluminum robot frames, which were our "traditional" frame choice from 2000 to 2002. The robot was designed to be able to manipulate the multiplier balls as well as grab onto one of the mobile goals on the playing field. The robot was also designed short enough to fit under the bar to get from one side of the playing field to the other.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

Team 228: Gus Three

Once again, while our 1/4" aluminum frame may have been indestructible on the playing field, the immense weight made for any possible manipulators on the robot to be of a limited scope. This, our mobile goal grabber and multiplier ball manipulator were quite simple, lightweight, and on the border not being effective enough.

Quick Stats

Drive Train

Transmissions: 2x Bosch Drill Transmission
Speed: 5 ft/sec
Motors: 2x Bosch Drill Motor
Setup: 4WD, 4x 8" Skyway wheels


Primary: Control mobile goal, control large multiplier ball
Secondary: Able to drive up and onto teeter-totter ramp
Capacity: Can hold one mobile goal and one multiplier ball on the ramp


Strategy: Defense was not needed because of 4v0 nature of game

Drive Team

Robot Photos

Here are several photos of our 2001 robot, Gus Three, chosen randomly from our Photo Galleries. To view more photos of this robot, please visit the "gus3" photo gallery tag page.

Gus 3
2001 Robot: Gus 3
Gus 3 - 2001 robot
Team 228's 2001 Robot: Gus 3
Gus 3
Gus 3 on the robot cart
Multiplier Ball Grabber Mechanism
Seeing if Gus 3 could manipulate the 2002 mobile goal.

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There were 1 robot(s) built for the 2001 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.