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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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We are currently compiling information from the 2007 season, and expect to be done soon. Thanks!

Quick Stats

Drive Train

Transmissions: 2x Dual Motor, Banebot (12:1) planetary transmission
Speed: 9 ft/sec
Motors: 4x CIM motors
Setup: 6WD, 6x custom machined 5.5" aluminum traction wheels


Primary: Score tubes on the rack
Secondary: Deploy a ramp in the home zone to get robots above 12"
Rate: 2-4 Tubes per match
Loading: Floor loading
Autonomous: Drive-by Scoring on the Rack


Strategy: Good ol' New England defense
Autonomous: None

Drive Team

Experience: 8 years combined
Coach: Ben Piecuch
Driver: Arthur Dutra IV
Operator: Ben Chuong / Josh Gibbs
Human Player: Jessica Morin

Robot Photos

Here are several photos of our 2007 robot, Gus Nine, chosen randomly from our Photo Galleries. To view more photos of this robot, please visit the "gus9" photo gallery tag page.

Hanging out with Gus
80/20 Elevator System
mock-up of Arm
Almost done!
The Arm and Manipulator
Time for your close up!
Gus goes for the golden tube
Angling Up
All ready to go!
After the drive by
Close up of arm

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There were 1 robot(s) built for the 2007 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.