Interested in getting Involved?

There are many opportunities for you to get involved in FIRST in the Kansas City area!  Whether you are a student, educator, parent, professional, FIRST alumni or you just plain want to help there is likely something for you.  Check out the tabs below that fit you best and get started!

For Students

Does your school have a FIRST team?  If so talk to your principal or teachers to find out how to join.  If your school does not have a FIRST team have your teacher check out the PROGRAMS section of this site or have them go to usfirst.org to find out more.   

So, where do you fit?

FLLJr (grades K-4)

Have your parents or teachers find out more about the FLL Jr (FIRST LEGO League Junior) program in the PROGRAMS section of this website

FLL (ages 9-14)

Find out more about FLL (FIRST LEGO League) in the PROGRAMS section of this website.

FTC ( ages 13-18, middle through high school)

Find out more about FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) in the PROGRAMS section of this website

FRC (ages 14-18 - high school))

Find out more about FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) in the PROGRAMS section of this website

Scholarship Opportunities

Many colleges and universities, professional associations, and corporations offer college scholarships to high school students on FIRST teams. This is official recognition of the knowledge and technical and life skills these students have gained from participating in a FIRST competition.

For Family & Community

Programs like FIRST robotics can prepare students for their future. It provides students with a solid basis for higher education and allow students to make informed decisions regarding future career paths. With the support and involvement of parents, guardians, family and community, students are better equipped to maintain their commitment the program and their overall education.

If we are to continue to positively transform culture by inspiring students, schools, and our communities to celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math, we need your participation to make a real difference.

US FIRST Parent Resources

Here are helpful links that will provide additional resources:

For Educators

Bring FIRST to your school!

From the Kindergarten teacher seeking a way to excite young minds about problem solving to the high school teacher wanting to connect students to a possible future in a STEM career, Kansas City FIRST has an age-appropriate program to consider. Take a look at the progression of FIRST programs in the Programs area of this site and be sure to attend upcoming FIRST events in the Kansas City area to see the programs in action.  

Team Registration

Registration  for this seasons Jr.FLL program (Jr. FIRST LEGO® League) will remain open until April of 2013.  

Registration for FLL (FIRST LEGO League) and FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) will reopen in May of 2013 for the 2013-14 season.  

Registration for FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) will open in September of 2013 for the 2014 season.  

We encourage all schools and teachers interested in our programs to learn about them during this season in preparation for next year.  Check the Events section of this site for upcoming tournaments (all free to the public)

For Volunteers

Our number of tournaments in the Kansas City area has increased substantially and we are in huge need of volunteers for all FIRST programs.  All skill sets needed! Tournament information and how to volunteer.  To sign up, go to www.firstinspires.org and Log In or Sign Up in the upper right corner and then "Volunteer for an Event."  You can sort by state (look at Kansas and Missouri) and will see all the tournaments in the area. Do you want to empower youth to build confidence and real-life problem solving skills?

How do you feel about creating future innovators in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering?

Do you want to grow personally and professionally?

These are all achievable with FIRST! FIRST is an organization powered by volunteers. These volunteers coach and mentor teams of students, organize competitions and events, and manage much of the day to day that makes FIRST possible. These volunteers all share the goal of making a lasting impact on the students that they reach.

For more information locally, email volunteer@kcstem.org

Start Now

We all have to start somewhere. Whether you’d like to try volunteering at an event or becoming a Coach or Mentor, everyone can make a difference at FIRST. With over 120,000 volunteers annually, there really is an opportunity for everyone. The skills that volunteers bring are the very skills that they use in their everyday lives and jobs. FIRST volunteers are women and men of every age and occupation. FIRST volunteers are just like you!

Types of Volunteer Opportunities - Event Day Volunteer

FIRST events are an exciting and fun-filled opportunity to see youth in action, applying the knowledge and skills developed through team participation. Each competition event depends on an abundance of volunteers with a broad spectrum of talents to support operating needs and competition demands. FIRST continually seeks more individuals to help. Whether you have four hours on a Saturday or a full day to spend with us, FIRST event-day volunteers help out during the event season, often for more than one FIRST program. Many of these roles are highly visible and can have a significant positive impact on the quality of the event. There is something to suit everyone’s style—whether you like fast-past actions or helping behind-the-scenes. Many event-day volunteer roles do not need to have any technical expertise.

Types of Volunteer Opportunities - Team Volunteers; Mentors and Coaches

FIRST engages thousands of adult Team Mentors and Coaches volunteering with young people ages 6-18. Team Mentors and Coaches work side-by-side with our FIRST teams to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. They have a variety of backgrounds, but all share in the FIRST commitment of inspiring young people, their schools, and communities an appreciation of science and technology, and how mastering these can enrich the lives of all. The time needed for a Team Mentor or Coach will vary with the program selected. Teams not only need week-to-week guidance on the technology of their building and/or science projects, but they need guidance on organizing outreach and fundraising efforts in their community. Coaches and mentors do not need to have any technical expertise—just a willingness to inspire youth. Some teams need topic-related expertise for a short period of time, but generally these positions would require a 6-month commitment to team support.

For Alumni

You know first hand how inspiring a hands-on FIRST team experience can be. You understand the insight and excitement that comes from working along side engineers, scientists and STEM professionals. If you are currently giving your time and talent as a mentor or volunteer to expand science and technology training for Kansas City area kids with FIRST, thank you.

 

If you’re a FIRST alumni college graduate who’s not currently involved in the program, please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise by volunteering at an event or mentoring a team in our region. Your involvement today will show students and our community the importance and impact of FIRST programs on tomorrow’s STEM workforce, and pass the legacy of learning on to future generations. To get started, please complete the contact information below and mark “yes” before you click submit. A staff member will be in contact with you soon.

Stay in the loop.

We want to hear from our alums—learn where you’ve landed and keep you informed on events and networking opportunities. Please complete the contact information below and register with KC FIRST. It takes only a few minutes and requires no commitment on your part. The personal information you submit will NOT be sold, exchanged, or otherwise used outside of KC FIRST correspondence.

 

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For Partners

KC FIRST thrives with the continued support of a comprehensive network of local and regional corporations, educational and professional institutions, foundations, and individuals. Together, these generous partners provide significant funding, time and talent through mentors and other volunteers, equipment, supplies and more. As the program continues to grow, it’s imperative that our cadre of committed partners continues to grow and keep pace with the ongoing needs of our region.

 

And, there has never been a greater need. Kansas City area STEM-based companies are eager to employ a robust workforce of local professionals. Yet, all too often, there are simply not enough qualified candidates. To compound the issue, there are not enough students choosing STEM education to meet the demand. Because hiring foreign nationals is an expensive and complex process, it makes sense to reach out to local students in our community. To generate enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math before they embark on post-secondary training. To develop a qualified domestic workforce right here at home.

By partnering with KC FIRST, industry leaders can focus their giving and support while gaining regional recognition and exposure. The benefits gained from collaborating with other STEM organizations and significantly increasing the number of high school and college students pursuing STEM careers in our region will benefit our community for generations to come. To learn more about partnering with KC FIRST contact Laura Bauer at bauerlb@kcstem.org or 816-235-5940.

KC STEM Alliance and Kansas City FIRST

The KC STEM Alliance is proud to partner with affiliate organizations, like KC FIRST, who are making a significant difference in the Kansas City STEM community, laying the foundation for student success. These partnerships benefit students and organizations by connecting resources, sharing information and streamlining communications.

Sponsors of the 2013 FRC Greater Kansas City Regional

Without the generous support of area sponsors the 2013 Greater Kansas City FRC Regional would not be the success it was!  Please take a look at the businesses and organizations who make this incredible event possible.  

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