In September 2005, two Olathe Northwest teachers, Matt Breitkreutz and Sue Rippe, founded FIRST Robotics Team 1710, The Ravonics Revolution, using funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The first team consisted of just 22 students and the bare quarters of a couple of classrooms. However, their accomplishments would lay the foundation for future success.
A year later, Darren Worcester, an instructor in Compter-Aided Drafting and Design (CAD), volunteered his expertise and classroom to the FIRST Robotics program, providing a metal shop and staging area desperately needed for the team’s general operations. This addition took our team’s capabilities to a new level, leading to our first competition victory as a member of the Winning Alliance at the 2007 Midwest Regional in Chicago, followed by our first appearance at the FIRST Championship in Atlanta.
The next fall, the FIRST family at Olathe Northwest grew to include Matt Peterie, an engineering design expert and instructor at the school. With his guidance the team continued to improving upon its core mission, and developed the core values that define the ideals of FIRST on our team, which we call “CHIGSS”:
- Hands-On Experience
- Gracious Professionalism
- Student Leadership