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It's time to celebrate some more with family and friends at Gus' annual pasta dinner! Join us on Sunday, January 9th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Maloney cafeteria for some pasta and meatballs, bread, desserts, and beverages all for $7 a ticket. We'll also be serving gluten-free pasta and meat-free sauce to cater to those who have special preferences and allergies.
We will also be holding our annual raffle, along with a new and exciting offer. For $10, tickets will be sold for Gus' Gigantic Gargantuan Raffle, the grand prize being a 4-pack of day-hopper passes for any Disney park (a $500 value). The second prize is a $200 gift card to Best Buy, and the third prize winner will get a $100 gift card to Borders. Anyone who donates $10 by using PayPal on our website will automatically receive their ticket number via email. But act fast- there is a 250 ticket cap on the raffle! There will be more details to follow.
January 8, 2011
Today, FIRST announced their 2011 FRC game, LogoMotion, a fast-paced game involving inflatable tubes shaped after the three components in the FIRST logo and small "Minibots" that need to climb a pole at the end of the match. The object of the game is to hang the three tubes onto a rack, with a bonus given when the three tubes are in the correct (triangle, circle, square) order of the FIRST logo. At the end of the match, teams can deploy a miniature robot (utilizing FTC parts, among several others) to climb one of four tall poles on the field, with a bonus given to the teams in the order that their Minibots reach the top. FIRST wanted to incorporate all of their programs, and they did so with a nice combination of FRC and FTC.
January 5, 2011
What is red, white, and blue, and is made up of geometric shapes? The second game hint, that's what! FIRST released the beloved FIRST symbol as the second game hint today, so it's time to put your thinking caps back on and brainstorm! But think fast because the game is being released this Saturday, the 8th, at 10:30 am. Watch it live on the NASA link below if you aren't lucky enough to attend the actual ceremony in New Hampshire.
December 21, 2010
It's that time of year again! And I'm not talking about the holidays. I'm talking about the time when FIRST releases hints for the new upcoming game. The first hint this year is a picture of Little Eva, the songwriter of "Locomotion". Train game? Well we will have to wait and see!
December 4, 2010
Gus Robotics Team 228 will be holding their annual Savage Soccer South of the Border competition at Maloney High School in Meriden, Conn. The doors will be opening at 8:00am, and the event will run until 4:00pm. Concessions for the event will be our traditional delicious barbeque. As of this posting, 14 teams have registered for the event with available spots for another ten teams. There will be music, fun, food and raffles. So lets see some awesome robot action out there!
November 7, 2010
As team 228 counts down the days until the FRC Kickoff in January, we were kept busy building Savage Soccer robots to compete in this past weekends competition. The game was based around rings being scored into "buoys" that were attached to a huge scale. Robots could also gain points by hanging off of the scale. Team 228 fielded 5 team for the Savage Soccer at WPI competition, #17-21. Building these robots was a great way to start off the year because it helped new students year about robot building and design before the major robot season. During the competition all our teams competed well and 4 of the 5 were picked into alliances for the elimination rounds. Team 19- The Lumberjacks, which was part of the #1 alliance, went the furthest in the competition, ending up in 2nd place as finalists. Our teams are now looking forward to our own event, Savage Soccer South of the Border, which will be taking place the first weekend of December. If any teams aren't quite ready to say "bye" to this year's Savage Soccer game just yet are encourage to come join us for this fun event! For more information on our event or to sign up a team, click on the Savage Soccer link at the top right of the website.
September 11, 2010
First, welcome back! I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and a great start to the new school year!
Team 228 kicked off their year by participating in the first ever Beta Test Day in New Hampshire. GUS, along with 17 other teams from across the country tested out new software that may be used in the up coming season. Surprisingly, there was very little delays during the day. Over the course of the competition Andy Grady hosted a few "Minute to Win It" games, one of which team 228's Derek Johnson won. Derek had a pedometer strapped to his head and was able to make 139 head bobs in one minute.
A good time was had by all at this competition and team 228 is now looking forward to competing in more fall events including "Bash At the Beach" and "Savage Soccer @ WPI".
June 5, 2010
On this very hot Saturday in June, teams 228 GUS and 1071 MAX hosted the 3rd WIWI. 228 took care of the food and 1071 took care of the game. 24 teams registered this year making it the best turnout yet.
WIWI was loads of fun between watching mentors try their hands at driving the mentor robot, Tor-Mentor, to watching students play in the human player competition. Teams were also lucky enough to have their matches emceed by none other than Jack In-the-Hat Kentfield. This was a treat for all.
At the competition, 228 and 1071 put together several raffle baskets with the money raised going to Kory's Cause. The Kentfield's daughter Kory is getting married next month, while having leukemia. These sister teams raised $300 dollars which they donated to Kory's Cause. We wish Kory the best of health!
Teams 228 and 1071 are looking forward to another fantastic WIWI next year!
May 8, 2010
WPI did it again. They held a fantastic robot event. Battlecry11 at WPI was an incredible two day robot competition. On Friday afternoon, teams started qualifying rounds and at night students enjoyed a wide range of activities from bowling at Gompei's Gutters to singing karaoke to learning how to play Crud to participating in Andy Grady's game show. On Saturday, bright and early matches started again and fun activities continued throughout the day with activities such as the human player challenge.
Team 228 had an awesome competition. We were once again teamed up with team 20, who we'd won the WPI Regional with this year, in an alliance for the elimination rounds. We made it into the semi-final rounds where we were eliminated by the alliance who went on to eventually win the entire competition. Team 228 and 20, did win the human player challenge with the nimble work from their drivers turned athletes. Team 228 also won the Dominating Defense, an award that was voted on by the other team who had noticed our defensive abilities.
Team 228 would like to thank WPI and everyone who helped make Battlecry11 as successful as it was. You guys definitely turned the dial up to 11.
April 24, 2010
Exactly a week after competing in the FIRST Robotic World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, GUS Robotics shifted gears competed in the VEX World Championships in Dallas, Texas. This was GUS's first time competing in the VEX world championship and they fielded two teams, 228 and 228B. Both teams competed in the Science division against almost 100 other teams from around the world including teams from Mexico and China. GUS was not picked into an alliance, but we did win a divisional Energy Award for our enthusiasm, team spirit, and our lovable mascot, Fuego. This was a huge honor for GUS because it was the first time they ever won a championship award in either of the robotics programs, VEX or FRC, they compete in.
Team 228 is also proud of the almost dozen of its team members who volunteered at the championship doing field reset, field management, and refereeing. The show could not have gone on with out your help!
On an exciting note, present at the VEX World Championships was Grant Imahara, one of the hosts of the popular Discovery channel show, Mythbusters. Mr. Imahara was the emcee during the final rounds of the competition. A majority of the members of GUS were also lucky enough to meet our favorite Mythbuster and have our pictures taken with him, along with getting his autograph. Imahara first jumped into stardom through winning a Battlebot competition several years ago, so it was inspirational for the students on the team to meet a real life person whom became famous doing something science and technology related.
GUS would also like to make a shout out to team 44, Green Egg Robotics. Green Eggs were our alliance partners at the QCC VEX regional, that we won, back in December. This amazing team won the Driver's Skills Challenge and they were also the Championship Finalists. Congratulations guys!
Team 228 is now looking forward to the new season, playing the new game, Round Up. Happy building to all teams and we look forward to competing with you in the coming year!
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Team 228 at a Glance
Location: Meriden, Connecticut, USA
Team Size: 25 Students, 10 Mentors
High Schools: Platt, Maloney, Wilcox Tech High Schools in Meriden; Lyman Hall, Sheehan High Schools in Wallingford
Rookie Year: 1999
Team Mantra: Contagious Enthusiasm!