Rack 'n Roll

2007 was a great year for Team 230. In addition to attending their home regional in Hartford, Connecticut, the Gaelhawks traveled down to sunny Florida to compete in Orlando. The robot, Talon VIII, performed well in both competitons, as well as the several offseason competitions the team attended.

Once the game was announced, the team wasted no time in getting to work. Prototypes were suggested and refined, eventually becoming the 5 foot long wings and suction-based arm that Talon VIII used in competition. After the prototype bot was built, team members began work on the competition robot. The entire process went off without any major problems. While weight was not too much of an issue, it did prohibit the team from making a few enhancements to the 'bot. A few days before the build season ended, the team attended the Winter War Zone, run by team 176, Aces High. The prototype robot made it to the semifinals before losing, but won the Tank Award for being able to take a beating without any damage. In addition, the team became the first team during the season to score during autonomous mode on an official field.

Florida Regional

A few weeks after sending the robot off, the team headed down to Orlando. After enjoying a fun day at Disney the day before the competition, the team went to the venue for three days of matches. Although the team didn't get chosen for an alliance, they did win the Underwriters Laboratory Industrial Safety Award, and team members enjoyed the regional immensely.

Motorola Quality Award

The team then hurried back to Connecticut to participate in their home regional, the UTC Connecticut Regional. The experience gained in Florida as well as being on their "home turf" was a huge benefit to the team. The Gaelhawks did much better at the UTC regional, and was the first to score in autonomous during practice matches. Their autonomous success was not limited there, as Talon VIII scored many times throughout the day in autonomous mode. On Saturday, the Gaelhawks were chosen by the second ranked alliance, headed by Team 20, during eliminations. The team made it to the semifinals, despite some technical difficulties experienced by one of 230's partners, but lost during the semifinals to the UTC regional winners. However, the team still came out winners, leaving with another UL Safety Award in addition to a Motorola Quality Award.

All in all, the year was a great success for Team 230--And a very safe one!





2007 Events

         Florida Regional - Orlando, FL March 8-10, 2007

o   UL Industrial Safety Award

         UTC Connecticut Regional - Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford CT March 15-17, 2007

o   Motorola Quality

o   UL Industrial Safety Award

o   Semi-Finalist

o   Webcast provided curtesy of Team 230


Team Awards

         Founder's Award - Mrs. Tracy Hussey 

         Talon Award - Lisa Lawrence

         Unsung Hero Award - Brendan Gorley / Nicole Misencik

         Spirit Award - Amy Ricker

         Rookie All-Star - Aaron Egensteiner

         Engineering Inspiration - Jay Monahan

         Volunteer of the Year - Laura Spoldi

         Engineers' Scholar - Brendon Wall


Community Events

         Team 230 Mentoring of Shelton Intermediate FLL Team, the Thundering Tigers, Shelton High School, Shelton, CT September thru December, 2006

         Pitney Bowes Diversity Day - Pitney Bowes Shelton Facility, Shelton, CT September 16, 2006

         Shelton Exchange Club Pumpkin Festival - Fairview Pumpkin Farm October 21, 2006

         FLL Waterbury Tune Up FIRST Lego League Scrimmage - Team 230 Judges & Volunteers, Wallace Middle School, Waterbury CT Novenber 18, 2006

         Gaelhawks Dinner & Auction December - Shelton High School, Shelton, CT December 7, 2006

         FLL Bridgeport Qualifying Event FIRST Lego League Connecticut State Qualify Event hosted by Team 230 December 9, 2006

        Visit to OEM Controls, Major Team 230 Sponsor - Robot donated for rework with their control systems - OEM Facility,Shelton, CT April, 2007

        Demonstration to the Shelton Board of Education, Shelton High School, Shelton, CT May 23, 2007

         Relay for Life - The Riverwalk, Shelton, CT  June 2-3, 2007

         Special Olympics of Connecticut, Southern Connecticut State Uiversity, New Haven, CT June 8-10, 2007

        Team 230 picnic, Misencik Residence, Shelton, CT June 9, 2007

         Read Across America A reading incentive program for Elementary Schools

         Adopt-a-Family Providing Christmas to local families in need

         Shelton Food Bank Soliciting donations of canned goods and non-perishables for local families in need


Off-Season Competitions

         8th Annual Bash@theBeach - Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Old Lyme, CT October 14, 2006

         Winter War Zone - UTC Scrimmage Suffield High School, Suffield, CT February 17, 2007

         BattleCry8@WPI - WPI Harrington Auditorium, Worcester, MA June 15-16, 2007

   o   Special Operations Award - jay Monahan



Students                           Teachers

Richie Arellano                  Tracey Hussey

Ben Barnstien                    John Niski

Dylan Birch                        Joe Raiola

Trevor Brinsmade              Lou Schmecker

Derek Brown                      Helen Scully

Andrew Chapin                  Kerry Taylor

Kyle Chen

Paul Claudio                      Engineers

Dominick Fatibene            Dale Bailey Jr.

Brendan Gourley               Tom Farrelly

Ryan Griffin                       John Gomes

Nick Guido                         Sam Keegan

Sam Hopkins                      Steven Kline

Thomas Keegan                 Robert Lundberg

Lisa Lawrence                    John Miller

TJ Lipscomb                       Tom Symski

Douglas Lowe                    Richard Vogl

Brian Lundberg                  Paul Zito

Irina Matu

Ryan Mead                        Parents

Nicole Misencik                 Kevin & Sue Alyward

Jay Monahan                     Richard Arellano

Mike Mownn                     Mary Barnstien

Robert O'Connor               Laurie Birch

Jordon Piscitelli                 Gail & Rick Brinsmade

James Richard                   Antoinette & Kenneth Card

Amy Ricker                        Laura Davis

Otto Schlikowski               Nick Fatibene

Dan Symski                        Nancy Gomes

Andy Terenzio                   Eric Gourley

Joevito Villaluz                  Elizabeth Griffin

Joe Visinski                       Donna Hagh

Brendon Wall                    Jim Hopkins

          Glenn Lawrence

          Ted & Susan Lipscomb

          Nadine Lowe

          Tom & Roseanne Misencik

          Everett Mosher

          Jeff Neiblum

          Kim O'Connor

          Diane Rak

         James Richard

         Lois Ricker

         Ruth Schilkowski

         Rosalie Stuart

         Carole Sylvester

         Nancy Szeker

         Imelda Villaluz