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Team 228 at a Glance

Location: Meriden, Connecticut, USA
Team Size: 25 Students, 10 Mentors
High Schools: Platt, Maloney, and Wilcox Tech High Schools
Rookie Year: 1999
Team Mantra: Contagious Enthusiasm!

Behind the 'Bots

Behind every robot is a story. A story of late nights, endless programming, and a rush to get everything done in only six weeks. Learn more about the design, fabrication, and achievements of each of our robots from our rookie year's bot to our latest robot, Gus 9.

The Robot

Welcome to our main Team Portal page! This page is like the Grand Central Station for everything about our team - from here you can learn more about our team, our members, our mentors, or our robot. You may visit our team history pages to learn more about the history of Gus and FIRST through the years. During the build season, you can check up on our daily progress on the design, construction, and fabrication of our robot. Lastly, but surely not least, you can visit our sponsor's pages to learn more about the companies and individuals whose financial backing and/or donations to our team enable us to continue to grow and spread the word of FIRST.

The Team

The Team

Formed among three high schools in Meriden, CT, Gus Robotics Team 228 represents the epitome of the principles of FIRST and Gracious Professionalism. In an unlikely alliance of two schools that have been arch-rivals in everything for almost fifty years, Gus Robotics Team 228 has risen above the partisan "better-that-you" attitude.

Each year, our team is comprised of roughly twenty students and seven adult mentors (teachers, engineers, and parents) from the three high schools in Meriden, CT. Read more...

Sub-pages: Behind the Scenes, Comical Captions

The Robot

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. Read more...

Sub-pages: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999

Team Bios

Team Bios

FIRST and Team 228 are about more than just robots. Although our team has been a relatively small one (with less than twenty students and seven mentors) for the past several years, our team has been likened to one big family. Most of our team members are good friends, and everyone loves coming to robotics.

One of the great things about Team 228 are our adult mentors, who come from a diverse background of professions including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, high school teacher (physics), machining and more. Without the invaluable experience provide by our team mentors, our team would not be able to exist. Read more...

Sub-pages: Students, Alumni, Mentors

What's Gus?

What's Gus?

Are you new to FIRST? Would you like information more information about FIRST or our team? We have created a page just for you. Here, you can learn the answers to almost any question that you have of our team or FIRST.

Have you ever wondered where the name Gus actually comes from? Do you want to know when the first FIRST competition was? Do you want to know some of Dean Kamen's other innovations? Then look no further that our What's Gus page! Read more...

Sub-pages: For Students, For Parents, For Educators, For Community, The Mission of FIRST, The Mission of Team 228, Frequently Asked Questions, Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST, More Famous "FIRSTers"

Gus History

Team History

Welcome to the Gus History Archives! Here, we are working on archiving our team's history for the future. It is an unfortunate occurrence, but trying to find the history of many individual FIRST teams is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

In our age of the Internet, archiving history has never been easier. Currently, Team 228 is working on digitalizing much of the history of our team. We already have over one thousand pictures on our team website, with many more to come. We hope that our GusHistory archives will eventually be a mini-library of everything related to our team's past, present, and future. Read more...

Sub-pages: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999

Our Progress

Our Progress

It has always been a habit of many people to keep a journal of their personal lives. For the past two years, the Our Progress pages of our website have been a sort of mini-blog where we would post our progress each day of the build season.

lthough we did not keep daily records of our progress prior to 2005, we have begun a tradition that we will continue each year after this. Another one of the reasons why we have begun keeping a daily journal of our progress each build season is for other FIRST teams to have an external reference off, to be able to better gauge if they are on/ahead/behind schedule. Read more...

Sub-pages: 2007, 2006, 2005

Team Sponsors

Team 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, 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 (such as buttons). Read more...

Sub-pages: Why Sponsor a FIRST Team?, How you can help!, Wish List, Special Thanks