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 competitions, as well as the several off-season 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.


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.

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!


Richie Arellano Ben Barnstien Dylan Birch Trevor Brinsmade
Derek Brown Andrew Chapin Kyle Chen Paul Claudio
Dominick Fatibene Brendan Gourley Ryan Griffin Nick Guido
Sam Hopkins Thomas Keegan Lisa Lawrence TJ Lipscomb
Douglas Lowe Brian Lundberg Irina Matu Ryan Mead
Nicole Misencik Jay Monahan Mike Mownn Robert O’Connor
Jordon Piscitelli James Richard Amy Ricker Otto Schlikowski
Dan Symski Andy Terenzio Joevito Villaluz Joe Visinski
Brendon Wall


Tracey Hussey John Niski Joe Raiola Lou Schmecker
Helen Scully Kerry Taylor


Dale Bailey Jr. Tom Farrelly John Gomes Sam Keegan
Steven Kline Robert Lundberg John Miller Tom Symski
Richard Vogl Paul Zito


Kevin & Sue Alyward Richard Arellano Mary Barnstien Laurie Birch
Gail & Rick Brinsmade Antoinette & Kenneth Card Laura Davis Nick Fatibene
Nancy Gomes Eric Gourley Elizabeth Griffin Donna Hagh
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

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 courtesy 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 University, 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
  • BattleCry@WPI – WPI Harrington Auditorium, Worcester, MA June 15-16, 2007

   o   Special Operations Award – Jay Monahan

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