The Gunn Robotics Team (GRT) is a student-managed team that competes in the FIRST Robotics competition. We CAD our own designs, write our own software, and wire our own robots; we manage our sponsorships, organize and staff outreach events. Being on the Gunn Robotics Team gives every student the opportunity to make real decisions, learn from the results, and produce something amazing in the process.
All GRT students learn how to CAD and work in the shop, and develop additional expertise working in small groups focused on skills such as programming, welding, gearbox design, pneumatics, and more. We stay connected with our community, building projects for local schools and community events. We have been fortunate to work with generous sponsors, who assist us with resources and training.
GRT was founded In 1996 by Bill Dunbar, a mechanical engineer turned physics teacher at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA. The team took over the campus wood and metal shop, at the time abandoned and slated for demolition.
The Gunn robotics team entered the FIRST Robotics competition In 1997, and that summer traveled to the National Championships In Orlando, Florida.
GRT has grown into a popular program at Henry M. Gunn HS, with two full classes meeting throughout the school year, plus regular after-hour and weekend shop sessions.
Most of the GRT mentors come from Bosch, a leading multinational engineering corporation. Bosch has graciously donated many contributions to GRT, and are currently the teams largest sponsor and biggest outreach of mentors.
Madco is our local welding and gas supplier, and, as a sponsor of GRT, donates cylinders of gas required for welding.