Team 973: The Greybots was founded in 2002 by Atascadero High’s physics teacher, John Miron, and a small group of high school students. At the team’s first competition, the Silicon Valley Regional, Team 973 received the Rookie All Star Award recognizing the team’s early efforts to promote science and technology in the community.
In 2006, the team made their first visit to World Championships. Larry Price, a Senior Engineer at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, took on the role of lead mentor for the 2007 season.
The 2008 season was the first year that Team 973 advanced into the finals at any competition at the Las Vegas Regional. In 2009, Team 973 built two robots for the first time. This idea proved to be beneficial to The Greybots for the extra practice time, and they won their first ever regional competition in Long Beach. At World Championships in 2009 Team 973's robot, Raptor, advanced to the semifinals of the Galileo division.
In 2011, Larry Price stepped down and passed the lead mentor role to Adam Heard. That year, Team 973 joined forces with Team 1323. At the San Diego and Los Angeles Regional Competitions, The Greybots received their first judged awards in six years. At World Championships, Team 973 teamed up with Team 254 from San Jose, CA and Team 111 from Schaumburg, IL. Team 973's Mini Bot was one of the fastest of all the competing teams. It was this alliance that earned the title 2011 World Champions, a first for Team 973.
In 2012, Team 973 won the Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi at the World Championship. It is the highest engineering award that is given at the Championship given to Team 973 for the implementation and control of their fully independent swerve drive system.
The 2014 season brought with it the introduction of 973 RAMP (Remote Assistance and Mentorship Program) as an official channel of communication for teams looking for anything from design/fabrication to organization tips. The win at the Central Valley Regional qualified the team for the World Championships. In St. Louis, the Greybots earned the Judge's Award and won the Galileo Division, finishing the season as semifinalists at the Championship level.