Sioux Chief Sponsors ‘Team Driven’ at FIRST Robotics
Competition World Championships .
After six grueling weeks of long nights and early mornings,
FIRST Team 1730 - Team Driven, the Lee’s Summit High School
Robotics team, turned its vision of the best robot for this
year’s FRC game, Ultimate Ascent, into a reality. The students’
hard work was put to the test at the recent Greater Kansas City
The crowning glory for the team came when they were announced
the winner of the “Engineering Inspiration Award,” qualifying
them to compete at the FIRST Robotics Competition World
Kansas City rough plumbing manufacturer, Sioux Chief, has
sponsored a portion of Team Driven’s needed funds to participate
in St. Louis and to celebrate the team’s achievement.
“We take a real interest in supporting a successful local youth
organization focused on science and technology,” said Sioux
Chief CEO, Joe Ismert. “Robotics plays an important role in
American manufacturing and these kids are playing an important
role in that future.”
In its short history, the team has made a name for itself by
augmenting on-field performance with entries in all other FIRST
award categories; a feat achieved by drawing expertise from its
large, motivated, and very diverse student base.
“Just as the team is ‘Driven to Succeed’, the team members are
driven to learn, exploring the unique opportunities offered by
FIRST Robotics,” said Head Coach Jim Nazworthy. “The students
further not only their knowledge of motors, gear ratios, and
pneumatics, but also challenge themselves with communications,
logistics, CAD modeling, 3D animation, web design, and other
areas of the FIRST experience.”
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Team Driven was
formed in 2005 with a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman
Foundation and is made up of 50+ students, 20+ mentors, and a
robot. Team Driven has competed in a total of 13 regional
competitions in its history and has gone to the World
Championships 6 times in the 8 years it has been competing.
The FIRST programs are the brainchild of Dean Kamen, inventor of
the Segway Human Transporter. Kamen’s vision is “to create a
world where science and technology are celebrated... where young
people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.”
Dean Kamen founded this organization because he saw the number
of students with science and technology degrees in the United
States decreasing every year and more and more jobs were being
outsourced. This challenge continues today, but thanks to the
FIRST programs with their mission to get students interested in
technology careers, more and more students have found their
place in the world of science and technology.
More About Sioux Chief:
Since 1957, Sioux Chief has manufactured innovative plumbing
products. It is a leader in providing rough plumbing solutions
for residential, commercial, industrial and government
applications. Sioux Chief’s comprehensive product line is
comprised of three core groups: Supply, Drainage and Support.
Sioux Chief products are sold to qualified wholesale
distributors and retailers worldwide. The company is
headquartered in Peculiar, Missouri — just outside of Kansas
City. For more information, call 1-800-821-3944.