Sioux Chief Sponsors ‘Team Driven’ at FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships

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Lee's Summit High School's FIRST robotics team #1730, Team Driven, is scheduled to compete at the FIRST Robotics World Championship Event on April 25th-27th in St. Louis. From a pool of more than 2,000 teams from all over the world, 400 will converge on the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis for the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships to be held April 24 - 27.

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Team Driven #1730

Robotics plays an important role in American manufacturing and these kids are playing an important role in that future.

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 Regional competition.

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 Championships.

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.”

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.

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