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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 during the official Fix-It windows or after the competitions during the post-season.

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Team 228: Gus Four

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Our 2002 robot was Gus 4, which was "slow but steady". On both ends of the robot, there was an insanely over-engineered goal grabber, used for controlling both mobile goals.

Quick Stats

Drive Train

Transmissions: 2x Single-Speed Transmission
Speed: 5 ft/sec
Motors: 2x CIM motor
Setup: 4WD, 4x 8" Skyway wheels


Primary: Lock onto two of the three mobile goals
Secondary: Get back to the home zone
Capacity: Can control two mobile goals at once


Strategy: Block teams from getting to home zone

Drive Team

Coach: Bill Smitt (mentor)
Driver: Ryan Morin (freshman)

Robot Photos

Here are several photos of our 2002 robot, Gus Four, chosen randomly from our Photo Galleries. To view more photos of this robot, please visit the "gus4" photo gallery tag page.

Steve working on gus
Gus with the Red rotating emergency light
Adding a chain tensioner
Gus Robotics Team 228
John O'Keefe and Mrs. Bird
Working on the robot in the pits
Gus 4 on the robot cart
Gus 228 controls two mobile goals
Working on the Team 228 Robot
John and Jaime working on the 'bot
Working on the robot in the pits
Robot Drive Team

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There were 1 robot(s) built for the 2002 competition season.

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 Robotics Competition Kit of Parts

Learn about our history!

From our rookie year of 1999 until the present, Team 228 has continued to grow, expand, and introduce and inspire an ever increasing number of students and mentors to FIRST through the FIRST Robotics Competition, the FIRST Vex Challenge, and the FIRST LEGO League. Read more...