Driving a robot capable of shooting basketballs into hoops, Gunn High School's Robotics Team placed first overall in a recent national competition.
Twelve members of Gunn's 55-member Robotics Team took their robot to Baltimore, Md., March 9 and 10, where they competed against 63 other teams from around the United States in the Chesapeake Regional competition associated with FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
In addition to the overall win, the Gunn team also won in the categories of "engineering excellence" and "safety."
The win means the Gunn team's $5,000 entry fee to upcoming FIRST World Championship competition will be waived. That contest is scheduled for April 25-28 in St. Louis, Mo.
Created entirely by students, Gunn's robot is capable of shooting basketballs into hoops of varying heights and balancing on a small bridge, Adams said.
Gunn team members who went to Baltimore, accompanied by parent volunteer Debbie Sutherland, were Gray Adams, Brendan Caporaletti, Andrew Chen, Delia Gratta, Tony Jin, Joseph Milia, Philippe Napaa, Meera Parat, Gregg Ratanaphanyarat, Jeffrey Sun, Alexander Sutherland and Keshav Varma, Adams said.
The students work under the direction of Gunn science teacher Bill Dunbar, who was not available to make the trip, Adams said.