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 Three
Gus Three was the name of our 2001 robot for the 2001 Diabolical Dynamics FRC game. Now in our third year of existence, our team continued to use 1/4" aluminum robot frames, which were our "traditional" frame choice from 2000 to 2002. The robot was designed to be able to manipulate the multiplier balls as well as grab onto one of the mobile goals on the playing field. The robot was also designed short enough to fit under the bar to get from one side of the playing field to the other.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
Once again, while our 1/4" aluminum frame may have been indestructible on the playing field, the immense weight made for any possible manipulators on the robot to be of a limited scope. This, our mobile goal grabber and multiplier ball manipulator were quite simple, lightweight, and on the border not being effective enough.
Speed: 5 ft/sec
Motors: 2x Bosch Drill Motor
Setup: 4WD, 4x 8" Skyway wheels
Secondary: Able to drive up and onto teeter-totter ramp
Capacity: Can hold one mobile goal and one multiplier ball on the ramp
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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.
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!