About Team Driven #1730
Based in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Team 1730 began in the fall of 2005 as an undistinguished, nameless organization. Lee’s Summit High School physics teacher, Jim Nazworthy, hosted a meeting for a small group of students to come and see what the FIRST program had to offer. The results of this meeting sparked a team that would go on to build numerous award winning robots and changed the lives of hundreds of students in our community.
The challenges of being a rookie team in the FIRST world made robotics seem nearly impossible. Inspired by the energy they saw within each other, the groups of students sat down for hours at a time trying to develop an identity. One night after many discussions and arguments, an onlooker walked by and remarked, “What’s the matter with you guys? You’re obsessed, you’re compulsive, it’s like you’re driven!” The name stuck: “Driven.” It was the quality they admired in each other, and something they wanted the team to be known for. The name is not merely just a title, it is a creed that all Team Driven members live by.
The most important component of Team Driven has always been the sense of family that its members develop. During the build season, students spend up to 40 hours a week at the build site. During this time students, parents, mentors, younger siblings, and even students from other FIRST teams come together to brainstorm, experiment, and learn from one another. The members of that first team created the mission statement “Driven to Succeed.” This legacy lives on in the current students of Team Driven, as well as all of the lives that they have touched.
This Year’s Team Goals
- Win a Regional Competition
- Win Engineering Inspiration
- Jim Nazworthy
- Bob Crance
- Rex Brown
- Wyatt Durgan
- Peter Speer
- Video / Animation
- Build season duration: 6 weeks
- Students: approx. 40+
- Mentors: approx. 30+
- Estimated Annual operating cost: $75,000
- Estimated travel cost: $40,000
- Average hours per student in build season: 180
- Average hours per mentors in build season: 150