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Why Sponsor a FIRST Team?

The world of tomorrow

Every year, America's brightest students, with the assistance of leading industry professionals, build robots for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Such companies such as NASA, Johnson & Johnson, Xerox, Radio Shack, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, General Motors, United Technology Corp. (UTC), and many more either directly sponsor FIRST Competitions or sponsor FIRST teams. It is in the continued generosity of these companies that FIRST has been made available to over 25,000 students for the 2006 competition. And this number continues to grow with each new year. But why sponsor a team?

The world of tomorrow

This country, as well as those all across the world, are undergoing a technological revolution. Everything is now becoming digital, fast, and electronic. But many hurdles still remain. In the United States we will need to learn to create a better society without sacrificing the environment or emptying our pockets. New, 'green' solutions like hydrogen fuel cell cars, magnetic levitation monorails, solar, wind and fusion power generation stations will be the wave of the future. And what better way to prepare for this better future than start off with a fresh, young generation of brilliant minds, for they are the future. Companies willing to find young people interested in science and technology are always looking for skilled and dedicated young people that will stay with that company and help to achieve these goals of a better future. And who's to say you can't the time of your life in the process? That is what FIRST is about.

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About Gus

Gus Robotics Team 228 was founded in 1999 to bring the excitement and inspiration of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) to students from Meriden, CT. Since then, our program has grown into a nationally-recognized robotics team for students from five different high schools in Meriden and Wallingford, CT.

Through our involvement in FRC and VRC, we introduce and inspire students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Mentors from a wide variety of fields including teaching, engineering (mechanical, electrical, robotics), computer science, machinists, technicians, business executives and more, teach students relevant real-world experience and applications.

We've also built strong relationships with our local school district, businesses and organizations to help provide our students the best possible experience; these sponsors are crucial to our long-term success.

Recent graduates from our program have won over quarter million dollars in scholarships, and have gone onto a variety of careers in STEM fields.