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FIRST sponsors

Our team sponsors are the most crucial element of our team - without them, there would be no team. Through the generous support of the Meriden Board of Education, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Big Country Hickory Pit BBQ, R&D Precision, and various local businesses and individuals, our team is able to compete every year. In addition to thanking our current sponsors, Team 228 is always looking for new sponsors to assist our team financially. By sponsoring our team, your company will be listed here on our website, on our robot, robot cart, team tee-shirts, and any team give-aways produced by our team for that season.

We would like to graciously thank all of our team sponsors for their generosity. Without there assistance, our team would not be able to exist. If you own, or work for, a company that would like to sponsor Gus Robotics and/or FIRST, then please contact our team coach for more information. We are currently a pending 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to facilitate non-school district grants and corporate sponsorship of our team.

If your company cannot donate financially to our team, then the donation of services or items to our team are always welcome! Some examples of services that are very helpful to our team are CNC manufacturing, powder coating and/or anodizing, welding (mostly aluminum) and printing and graphics services. Or if you would like to donate any used equipment in good condition to our team, you can still enjoy the benefits of such donation being tax-deductible.

Current Team Sponsors

Here are all of Team 228's current sponsors and suppliers:

Component Engineers Inc.

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Sponsor • Machine Shop Sponsor

Component Engineers is a leading contract manufacturer in the Northeast, helping hundreds of companies design, develop, and produce their products and ideas. Component Engineers Inc is dedicated to helping inspire students to careers in the STEM fields and has donated fabrication equipment and machine shop services to GUS.


Trail of Terror

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Sponsor • Non-Profit

The outrageous staff of the 'Trail' is made up entirely of volunteers. Proceeds to benefit the Trail of Terror foundation in order to provide financial aid in our surrounding communities. Named Connecticut Magazine’s BEST HAUNTED ATTRACTION of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. Past winner of the Fright Times Magazine’s BEST OUTDOOR ATTRACTION IN THE NATION award. Rated HAUNT WORLD’s number 2 for Best Charity Haunted Attraction for 2008.


Meriden Board of Education

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Sponsor • School System Sponsor

As the School District for all of the public Meriden, Connecticut schools, the Meriden Board of Education helps shape the lives of thousands of students every year. Ever since 2005, the Meriden B.O.E. have been among the top three sponsors of our team.


Bristol-Myers Squibb

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Sponsor • Corporate Sponsor

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical corporation dedicated to "extend and enhance human life by providing the highest quality pharmaceuticals and health care products".


R and D Precision

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Sponsor • CNC Sheet Metal

From X-Ray machines to crane parts, this local CNC sheet metal manufacturing company does it all. Regardless of the part you need, if it's sheet metal, they can get it done.


Verizon Foundation

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Sponsor • Non-Profit Grant

Verizon Foundation is dedicated to "Forging Partnerships and focusing on social issues that impact our employees, customers and communities in the areas of education, literacy, safety and health".


3M Foundation

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Sponsor • Corporate Sponsor

The Meriden, Connecticut 3M Filtration Facility is a supporter of STEM education in this area. 3M supports our annual sponsor campaign which allows Gus Robotics Team, Inc. to further its mission of inspiring students through STEM education and robotics programs.


Micro Insert Inc.

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Sponsor • CNC Fabrication Services

Micro Insert Inc. provided CNC machining resources to our team, fabricating seven distinct parts used on our 2010 robots.



SolidWorks Logo

Sponsor • Software Donation

SolidWorks is an international leader in computer aided design (CAD) software, being used by over 750,000 engineers and designers at 80,000 companies worldwide. SolidWorks donates Student Editions of SolidWorks to our team to teach students and to design our robots.



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Sponsor • Corporate Sponsor

Disney made a corporate donation of 4 Disney Park Hopper tickets used in a sponsorship raffle to raise funds for the team.


Mary Ellen Himes

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Sponsor • $500 Donation

Mary Ellen Himes donated kindly to our team so we could afford to go to the World Championship event in Saint Louis.


How can I help?

The generous financial sponsorship by individuals and companies such as yours ensure that our team can continue to inspire the students of today to the amazing careers and world of tomorrow. Team 228 is currently a pending 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so all contributions (financial or otherwise) to our team are tax-deductible. Read more about how you can help our team.

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Team 228's Wish List

Would you or your business like to donate to our team, but is not sure how? Then donate to our team! We are a pending 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. See our Wish List page for items/services that we would would be able to use. Every donor will be listed on our website.

Special Thanks from Team 228

Although Team 228's main corporate sponsors are crucial to our team, there are many more smaller, "behind the scenes" people and companies that help our team. Whether they donate supplies, meals, or help volunteer and/or organize, these individuals and companies are important to the everyday running of our team. For a list of all the individuals and corporations that have donated supplies and services to our team, please see our Special Thanks page.

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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.


FIRST was founded in 1989 by the renowned inventor Dean Kamen. The aim of FIRST is to inspire students to careers in math, science, and technology through a fun and engaging robotics competition, which provides students with the ability to meet one-on-one with industry leaders and engineers.

The initial FIRST Robotics Competition comprised of 28 teams competing in a New Hampshire high school gymnasium. The ensuing years brought rapid growth to the program, to include over 35,000 students, 2,000 teams from 11 countries, competing at over 50 District and Regional Events, culminating with the World Championship Event in St. Louis, Mo.

The Robot

Behind every robot is a story, a story of late nights and early mornings, of machining parts and typing code, and a rush to get everything done in only six weeks. Learn more about the design and engineering behind our robots.

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