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Going Beyond the Classroom

Often times in the classroom it is not possible to accomplish many of the rewarding tasks which we cover on the robotics team. Imagine being a computer programming teacher and actually being able to teach advanced closed-loop feedback systems on embedded micro controllers. Or a physics teacher being able to teach students about about power, work, and mechanical advantage, and actually have them use this in a real world application.

Contagious Enthusiasm

There are always some things that cannot be taught from a text book in a traditional classroom. For a business class, instead of "mock" businesses, what if you taught your students to raise real money from sponsors, budget out all team expenses for the year, and actually manage the team? As the teacher and adult mentor/Advisor, you would be able to work directly with these students in the process, as they learn through real world experience.

For on the robotics team, you'll never hear the words "When are we ever going to use this in life?"; but instead "Hey, I really can use this in real life!".

While the inspiration you can arise in our students is amazing, you'll also appreciate our teacher's stipend available to teachers who volunteer with our team. Either way, becoming involved with our team is an amazing and unforgettable experience, and one which can truly make you say "I really have made an impact on a student's life today!" Become part of the inspiration, and Get Involved today!

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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.