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Nine GSSM Students To Compete In SC FIRST Tech Challenge State Tournament

January 31, 2017


Hartsville, SC – Students from the South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics’ (GSSM) robotics teams 772, Caveman with Rock, and Team 327, Cloud 8, will travel to the South Carolina FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State Tournament at Gaffney High School on February 10-11, 2017.

The tournament is the first qualifying event in South Carolina on the path to the FTC World Championships in April.

“Robotics is such an amazing experience at GSSM. I often say that it’s 10% designing and 90% trying to figure out how you’re going to fit everything you want on your robot,” said Isaiah Ho, GSSM senior and co-captain of Team 772. “I think the entire team is super excited for the competition coming up, but it’ll take a lot of work to make sure we’re ready.”

Members of Team 772 who will attend the tournament are Chloe Harris, child of Wanda and Chris Harris of Chester County; Hunter Damron, child of Maribeth and Greg Damron of Chester County; Anthony Rockwell, child of Patricia Gallagher and William Rockwell of Berkeley County; Brennan Cain, child of Lee and Kyron Cain of York County; and Michelle Huang, child of Yue Yan Lin and Guang Hua Huang of Lexington County.

Members of Team 327 who will attend the tournament are Kaitlyn Baldizzi, child of Christine and Bob Baldizzi of York County; Isaiah Ho, child of Wing Mei Lau and Chi Ming Ho of Greenville County; James Johnson, child of Kimberly and Patrick Johnson of Berkeley County; and Brennan Ravan, child of Sarah and Scott Ravan of Richland County.

FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete using a sports model. 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: From left to right: Hunter Damron, Anthony Rockwell and Michelle Huang with an official during the GSSM Robotics Scrimmage on January 14, 2017.

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