1. What is FIRST?
FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a international organization that was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen to foster awareness among students about science and technology. In 2006, FIRST reached over 100,000 students from 26 different countries with its four programs - the Junior FIRST Lego League, FIRST Lego League, the FIRST Vex Challenge, and the FIRST Robotics Competition.
2. What is Gus?
Gus is the name of the FIRST Robotics Team for the three Meriden, CT high schools of Platt, Maloney, and Wilcox Tech. Gus Robotics Team 228 was founded in 1999, and has since spawned one other team (Team 1071 - Max.) in Wolcott, CT.
3. Is FIRST like the Battle Bots like I see on television?
Not really. Apart from the fact that FIRST and Battle Bots both have large robots in them, they do not have much in common. Whereas in Battle Bots one team aims to destroy the other teams, in FIRST the aim is to still to win, but not by bashing all the other robots to pieces. FIRST is very similar to a sporting game, where you have to score objects to get points, and the winner is determined by the highest score.
4. What do you do at Gus Robotics Team 228?
Although it would prove very difficult to cram everything we do into this short FAQ, we have compiled a short list of many of the major areas of our team. Gus Robotics Team 228 encompasses all of the following: robotics, mechanical design, CAD/Inventor, machining, parts fabrication, electrical/electronics, pneumatics, programming, drive team, 3D animation, graphics, website-developing, photography, videography, public relations, pep club, friends, and much, much more. Please visit our Join Gus or Get Involved pages for more information.
6. Are there scholarship opportunities available through FIRST?
Of course! There are almost $8 million dollars worth of scholarships available through FIRST to its participants. Please visit FIRST's Scholarship page for more information.
7. Will your robots take over the world?
No. We do not expect any of our robots to take over the world.
8. When can I drive the robot?
If you would like to experience FIRST and try driving one of our team's robots, visit our Events Calendar pages to find the date of our next Promote FIRST community outreach effort.
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.