Gus Robotics Team 228 is the FIRST Robotics Team for the three Meriden, Connecticut High Schools (Platt, Maloney, and Wilcox Tech). Since 1999, we have been inspiring students into the world of science, technology, and engineering through the annual FIRST Robotics Competition and the FIRST Tech Challenge. But our inspiration does not simply end after students graduate from high school; to further their secondary (college) education, there are over nine million dollars in scholarships available to FIRST students, with many of these full ride scholarships to some of the world's most prestigious schools.
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.