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.
Bosch, a leading home appliance and auto parts manufacturer, sponsors many FRC teams. They have graciously supported GRT for eight years both financially and through engineering mentorships. They continue to be a major team sponsor.
PiE is a non-profit education foundation dedicated to supporting all Palo Alto public schools. PAUSD generously provides funds for team coaches.
The Gene Haas Foundation is a charitable organization that financially supports manufacturing education and community needs. They graciously sponsor many FRC teams, including GRT for the 2021 season.