Team 230 was formed in 1998 by our founding mentors Mr. John Niski, Mr. Kerry Taylor, Mr. Lou Schmecker, and Mr. Richard Vogl. Team 230 was known as Team MAD back then, and went on to win a regional Rookie All-Star Award in 1999 with our robot Dr. Klaw. Our name was changed to “Gaelhawks” due to our close relationship with our first corporate sponsor, Sikorsky Aircraft. “Gaelhawk” is a combination of Shelton High School’s team mascot, the Gael and Sikorsky’s Blackhawk helicopter. Team 230 started annual demonstrations for the Shelton Board of Education in order to gain their support, and to inform them about our robotics program. In 2004, we began hosting the Shelton Qualifying Event for the FLL program. In that same year, we began attending the annual Shelton Relay for Life to help raise money for The Cure and to demonstrate our past robots. Our outreach success increased greatly in 2008 when our team helped rebuild homes¬†after Hurricane Katrina. Since then we have attended annual event such as Shelton Day, Sikorsky Family Day, Soupstock, and many others. We continue to expand our reach across our community to spread excitement for science and technology.

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