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GSSM Robotics Students Advance to FIRST Tech Challenge South Super Regional

March 1, 2017

Congratulations to South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics’ (GSSM) robotics Team 327, Caveman with Cloud, who was first seed in the qualifiers at the South Carolina FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State Tournament at Gaffney High School on February 11, 2017.

In the finals of the competition, Team 327 and GSSM’s Team 772, Caveman with Rock, formed an alliance and won the day. 

Both GSSM teams will advance to the South Super Regional in Athens, Georgia, at the end of March.

Members of Team 327, Caveman with Cloud, are Brennan Cain (captain), child of Lee and Kyron Cain of York County; Hunter Damron, child of Maribeth and Greg Damron of Chester County; Cray Johnson, child of Colleen and Nichols Condon and Chris Johnson of Charleston County; Anthony Rockwell, child of Patricia Gallagher and William Rockwell of Berkeley County; Chloe Harris, child of Wanda and Chris Harris of Chester County; and Michelle Huang, child of Yue Yan Lin and Guang Hua Huang of Lexington County.

Members of Team 772, Caveman with Rock, are Isaiah Ho (captain), child of Wing Mei Lau and Chi Ming Ho of Greenville County; Brennan Ravan, child of Sarah and Scott Ravan of Richland County; James Johnson, child of Kimberly and Patrick Johnson of Berkeley County; Kaitlyn Baldizzi, child of Christine and Bob Baldizzi of York County; Duncan Harmon, child of Kerrie and Troyce Harmon of Aiken County; and Gracen Mueller, child of Kelly and the late Jeff Mueller of Greenville County.

FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12. Students are responsible for designing, building and programming robots and, with their coaches, mentors and volunteers, developing a strategy and building robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Pictured above: Team 327 prepares their robot in the pit during the FTC Tournament on February 11, 2017.

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