GSSM Robotics

Since 2005, GSSM has participated in robotics, helping to further the state of South Carolina nationally. Currently, four teams participate in the FIRST Robotics First Tech Challenge, building robots that must complete various tasks to score points. Robots and teams; however, must work together to secure victory in the competition. The competition considers not just a robot's performance but also evaluates community impact and team dynamics.

Our Teams

Each of our teams has a different style and approach to the engineering process and the FTC game. Learn more about each of them below.
327 Lobotomists

327 Lobotomists is a team of robotics enthusiasts passionate about building an inclusive team experience that welcomes members of all skill levels into a collaborative, competitive environment where we build robots and connections. We hope to expand robotics into more minority communities by being an all-girls/non-binary team and defying gender norms. Although our team is called the Lobotomists, we do not condone lobotomy; instead, we seek to find solutions through lateral or unconventional thinking and embrace mind-altering solutions. This season, we aim to maintain an environment within our team where everyone has equal opportunity to participate and learn more about FIRST, computer science, engineering, networking, and working on a team.

Follow us on our Instagram to stay updated @327_lobotomists!

"Lobotomists: Think outside the skull, have the nerve to win.”

772 Golden Dragons

We are FTC team 772, the Golden Dragons, and our team strives for a competitive season while also creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. Our main goal is to to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and to raise the bar for other SC FTC teams while promoting FIRST ideals. As a team, we love working together on our robot and focus on building team member’s strengths in what they are passionate about. While we do work hard, we host frequent bonding nights where we chill out, watch movies, or eat together at Golden Dragon (which we are named after!). This upcoming season, our primary objective is to create a long lasting and sustainable team while teaching those around us through our robot.

Follow us on our Instagram, @gssm.golden.dragons, and YouTube for more updates. If you want to know more about us in detail, head on over to our website

22534 The Function Machine

Accordion content.

22972 Excalibur

We are 22972 Excalibur. Last year, we were a rookie team with 6 core members. As such a small team, the group has become like a second family. Even as a small rookie team, we were able to place in multiple competitions and earn 3rd in the region. With this season's experience under our belts, the team is excited and has high hopes for success in the upcoming season. With 5 returning members, and the 6th coming back as a mentor, we aim to expand the team, while keeping the group tight-knit. We like to have fun, but we encourage friendly competition even within the school (especially with our "rivals" 772 Golden Dragons). Our plans for next season include expanding outreach, creating a modular robot, and as always, encourage crazy ideas.

Follow our Instagram @gssmexcalibur_22972 for more updates!

History of Robotics at GSSM

Elizabeth Bunn

GSSM has been involved with robotics since the beginning of the VEX Robotics programs in South Carolina. This is mainly thanks to Mrs. Elizabeth Bunn. Mrs. Bunn began at GSSM in 1993 and retired in 2022. Starting her career as a math teacher after graduating from Agnes Scott College, teaching at schools initially in Georgia and then later in South Carolina. She eventually decided to return to school getting her master's degree from Clemson University in mathematics and computer science in 1978. She was one of the first graduates of Clemson’s newly developed computer science program and wanted to do it because she wanted to have fun and learn more. After working at Texas Instrument as a software engineer programming and teaching on several classified projects. While she enjoyed her work, she wanted to go back to teaching and this after a few years led her to GSSM. Acting as head of the STEM department, she lead GSSM into the first year of VEX robotics ever in 2005. Her patience and kindness is inspiring to everyone who is around her, feeding student curiosity in subjects of robotics, technology, and computer science. Even while writing this, Ms. Bunn’s comments of encouragement can be found underneath the latest news of Govie's achievements.