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 during the official Fix-It windows or after the competitions during the post-season.
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Learn more about Gus Two
Gus 2 was the name of our team's second robot. Built for the 2000 Co-Opetition FIRST game, our robot was able to old several of the small balls in a hopper inside the robot, as well as hang off the hanging bar. The unique four-bar elevator design on our robot that year was called "The Vern Lift", as it was deigned by Vern Van-Fleet, one of our team's mentors at the time. (Currently, Vern is a mentor for our sister team, Max 1071.)
Strengths and Weaknesses:
All in all, the robot performed quite well on the playing field. At the only regional competition we attended that year, the UTC New England Regional, we did so well we made it to the finals in the elimination rounds. Although we did not win the Championship banner, we still proudly display our Finalist trophy in our display case, as this was the first of many Official Awards that have been won by our team over the years.
Speed: 5 ft/sec
Motors: 2x Bosch Drill Motor
Setup: 4WD, 4x 8" Skyway wheels
Capacity: Can hold several balls inside the hopper
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About the Kit Of Parts
Every year immediately following the FRC Kickoff Event, every FRC team receives a standard Kit Of Parts. Contained in two totes, this single Kit contains enough motors, wheels, pneumatics, and electronics to build a basic robot. From this, teams can add additional components or raw materials, such as gears, roller chain, timing belts, aluminum, or polycarbonate (to name a few common additions) as governed by the game manual to build their final robot.
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.