The South San Antonio Robotics program was originally established in 1999 at South San Antonio High School in San Antonio, Texas. FIRST Team 457 was founded by the Aerospace Engineering Club, which was made up of then physics teacher Mike Henry, one mentor and a group of ten highly motivated students.
There are quite a number of firsts in our team’s history. In 1999, our rookie team was the first in San Antonio to compete in a SA BEST Robotics competition. In 2000, we were the first in San Antonio to compete at a FIRST Robotics competition. The name Team Gamma was officially adopted in 2001. That year was also the year that we hit another milestone. We were the first in San Antonio to compete in a FIRST Championship event. The current team mascot and logo, the Grease Monkeys, was adopted in 2002, the same year that we won the Lone Star Regional Robotics Competition.
It wasn’t until 2011 that the program and team were revived. The current coach, Ms. Mary Baughman, took over in 2012 and we continued to learn, grow and compete. In 2012, we won the Alamo Regional Championship. We also won the Dallas Regional Championship in 2014.
The South San Antonio Robotics Program is currently in its 17th year. The class is open to all high school students. The students in the club all participate at the FRC level.
Since the beginning, our team’s focus has been to help students develop self-confidence as well as technical and non-technical skills. We continue to work at providing members with an introduction into the world of engineering and coding as well as fostering leadership and communication skills. Under the guidance of our current coach Ms. Baughman, mentors and the continued assistance of Mr. Mike Henry, we strive to be models of the FIRST values of gracious professionalism and coopertition for current and future competitions.