FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

Welcome to the area of kcfirst.org designed to provide those already involved with an FRC program access to important information and resources. Here you will find event information, resources and links to helpful sites elsewhere in the FRC community.

FRC Kickoff - Saturday, January 7, 2017

FRC Kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season. Teams have the opportunity to meet at "local" Kickoffs to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season.

Greater KC FRC Regional

The Greater Kansas City FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Tournament will take place on Thursday March 16, 2017 through Saturday March 18, 2017 at Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technolofy.  Set up will be Wednesday March 15, 2017.

FIRST Community and Alumni

As a FIRST participant or alum, you know firsthand how important FIRST was to you...in high school, in college and beyond. Whether you are currently active or not, you can stay connected through the FIRSTCommunity. Signing up only takes a few minutes, and it's free.
 

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

Welcome to the area of kcfirst.org designed to provide those already involved with an FTC program access to important information and resources. Here you will find event information, resources and links to helpful sites elsewhere in the FTC community.

FTC Team Manual

Critical to the success of an FTC team is the information contained in the FTC team Resource area at firstinspires.org. If your team has not considered the wealth of information available in this segment of the firstinspires.org website it is highly recommended that you take a look today!

Learn about the 2016-17 FTC Competition Structure

This year there will be two FTC Qualifiers in the Kansas City area as well as one Conference Qualifier.  The FTC Qualifiers will be held at Smithville High School on Dec. 10, 2016 and at Blue Valley Caps on Jan 21, 2017.  The Conference Qualifier will be held for those teams that advance through Meets.  It will be held on Feb. 18, 2017 at Harrisonville High School.  Each team is gauranteed a spot at one regular qualifier and two meets.  Qualifier cost is $100 and each meet costs $50.  Teams advance to the Missouri State championship in Rolla, MO by way of the regular qualifier or the conference qualifier.  Meets in the Kansas City area will be held at Notre Dame de Sion High School, St. Teresa's Academy, and the KC Engineering Zone.  See events on this website for more information.  

November 5, 2016   Notre Dame De Sion hosted by the Notre Dame de Sion FTC team          8:30 am - 12:30 pm

December 3, 2016  KC Engineering Zone hosted by FTC team 10188  10 am - 2:30 pm

January 7, 2017  St. Teresa's Academy hosted by the St. Teresa's Academy FTC team  10 am - 2:30 pm

January 28, 2017  Olathe Northwest High School hosted by the Olathe NW FTC teams  9am - 1pm

New this year - FTC Meets!

New this year: FTC teams can participate in meets and qualify to compete at the Conference Qualifier on 2/18/17 at Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technology.  Each Meet is $50 and teams are gauranteed two if they register by 9/30/16.  This meet is in the Northwest quadrant but is open to any team in Missouri or Kansas who registers. The quadrant is significant for point accrual and determining which teams go to the Conference Qualifier.  Click here to register for a meet:  https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashnetk/selfserve/storehome.aspx  

Meets will have 8 to 12 teams and take about 4 hours.  The robot game will be played with official rules.  No judging or alliances will occur. 5 matches per team. Teams can arrive about an hour before the meet starts.  For more information go to http://www.stlfirst.org/FIRSTPrograms/FIRSTTechChallengeGrades712/20162017SeasonInfo/tabid/285/Default.

FTC Kickoff and Workshops

Will be held September 10, 2016
MCC Business & Technology Campus
1775 Universal Ave., KC, MO 64120

 

Results from KC FTC Qualifiers - 2016

Results from KC FTC Qualifiers - 2016

FIRST LEGO® League

Welcome to the area of kcfirst.org designed to provide those already involved with an FLL program access to important information and resources. Here you will find event information, resources and links to helpful sites elsewhere in the FLL community.

2016 Animal Allies

Get ready.  Get set.  Roar!  Or you could bark, quack, or squeak, because the 2016 ANIMAL ALLIESSM season is all about our furry, feathered, and finned friends.  In the 2016 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, more than 28,000 teams of students age 9 to 14* will look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES.  What might become possible when we learn to help each other?

Registration open.

* ages vary by country

KC FLL Season 2016-17

Newsletter to coaches about the entire 2016-17 FLL season from Gretchen Neis.

FLL KC Championship Information

FLL Championship for Greater KC will take place February 25, 2017 at Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technology.  For more information, see the event listing on February 25.

Coach/Team/Volunteer Resources

Click HERE for everything you need to know about the 2016-2017 FLL season from a coach perspective.  This is the August newsletter that includes information on all qualifiers and championship.  

Participating in FLL is an amazing experience for both the kids and the adults involved. With your guidance, the children on your team are going to inspire you, and those around you, in surprising ways. If you have no technical background, don’t be nervous. The team members are the ones who do the work. You only need to ask the questions and watch them… GO!

How do I find a team for my child or start a team?  Click Here

FLL Qualifier Information

The qualifier dates are as follows:
Qualifier #1 - November 12, Olathe Northwest High School

Qualifier #2 - November 19, Summit Lakes Middle School, Lee's Summit, MO (was listed as Excelsior Springs in newsletter, this is a correction)

Qualifier #3- December 3, Bingham Middle School, Independence, MO

Qualifier #4 - December 10, Columbia, MO

Qualifier #5 - December 17, Wyandotte High School

Please visit the newsletter at the following link:
http://eepurl.com/chpQlj - note that the Nov 19 location is incorrect and should be Summit Lakes Middle School

KC Area FLL Qualifier Registration

FLL Coaches: Registration opens at 4 pm on October 6th for KC area qualifiers.  Qualifier registration closes at 5 pm on October 14th.

Here is the link to register: https://www.regonline.com/fllqualifierregistration2016

Cost is $100 and is non-refundable.   More information:  http://eepurl.com/chCJwf

and see the event in the Events section of this website.

Jr. FIRST LEGO® League

Welcome to the area of kcfirst.org designed to provide those already involved with a Jr.FLL program access to important information and resources.  Here you will find event information, resources and links to helpful sites elsewhere in the Jr.FLL community. 

2016 Creature Craze is here

Swing like a monkey, fly like a bat, or hop like a frog into the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. CREATURE CRAZESM season. Whether in zoos, on the farm, or in your own back yard, we all encounter animals in our lives.  In the 2016-2017 CREATURE CRAZE Challenge, over 40,000 children will dive into the wonders of the animal kingdom. What will you learn about our furry, feathered, and finned friends?

Each year, FIRST LEGO League Jr. presents a new and exciting Challenge to ignite the creativity of children age 6 to 10.  While exploring the real-world theme, teams will use basic engineering concepts to build a model made of LEGO® elements.  They will also learn to present information through a Show Me Poster.  Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

Download logos, poster, and certificates.
CREATURE CRAZE Challenge Document and Season Materials

2016-17 KC Showcase Opportunities - Informational Letter from Gretchen Neis

Dear FLL JR. coaches,

The CREATURE CRAZE season is open and underway.

If you are still working on registration and have a temporary team number, starting in 2016… then you have plenty of time to complete registration. 

If you are a paid team and have already received your engineers’ notebooks, team meeting guide and inspire set then you are well on your way!

I have set up sign-up sheet for the first three opportunities for FLL JR.  These are showcase events where students meet in front of reviewers and get asked questions about their research and team process.  Students will also be given a chance to participate in a team building activity and receive feedback.  These showcases are in conjunction with an FLL tournament (grades 4-8).  It is a fun tournament to attend and will provide your team with a glimpse into the next program up. 

Olathe Northwest High School FLL Qualifier will be hosted on Saturday, November 12, 2016.  FLL JR will showcase in the morning and have the opportunity to stay to watch the FLL robot matches in the afternoon.  Final details for schedule and time will be emailed out sooner to the event.  If you want to sign up your team you can do so here: Olathe Northwest FLL JR Showcase  This event will be hosted at Olathe Northwest High School, 21300 College Blvd, Olathe, KS 66061.  Your contact for the event is Casee Eisele.  Registration for the event will be managed by me and Casee will handle the schedule and details of the site. 

The second event for FLL JR will be hosted at the Summit Lakes Middle School FLL Qualifier on Saturday, November 19, 2016.  FLL JR will showcase in the morning and have the opportunity to stay to watch the FLL robot matches in the afternoon.  Final details for schedule and time will be emailed out sooner to the event.  If you want to sign up your team you can do so here:Summit Lakes FLL JR Showcase This event will be hosted at Summit Lakes Middle School, 3500 SW Windemere Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082.  Your contact for the event is Jayne Hartwig.  Registration for the event will be managed by me and Jayne will handle the schedule and details of the site. 

The next event for FLL JR will be hosted at the Wyandotte High School FLL Qualifier on Saturday, December 17, 2016.  FLL JR will showcase in the morning and have the opportunity to stay to watch the FLL robot matches in the afternoon.  Final details for schedule and time will be emailed out sooner to the event.  If you want to sign up your team you can do so here:Wyandotte High School FLL JR Showcase This event will be hosted at Wyandotte High School, 2501 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102.  Your contact for the event is Elizabeth Ault.  Registration for the event will be managed by me and Elizabeth will handle the schedule and details of the site. 

There will also be an opportunity for your team to exhibit (display your show-me poster and model) at the FLL Championship.  This event will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Metropolitan Community College Business and Technology campus located at 1775 Universal Ave, Kansas City, MO 64102. 

In March, FLL JR teams will have the opportunity to showcase at the FIRST Robotics Challenge tournament on Saturday, March 18, 2017 also at the Metropolitan Community College Business and Technology campus located at 1775 Universal Ave, Kansas City, MO 64102. 

In April, there will be an event specifically for FLL JR in Kansas City.  The location and date are yet to be determined.  This event will include reviewing and team building. 

The World Festival for US FIRST is hosted in St. Louis this year from April 26-29.  FLL JR can attend by way of lottery.  This is done directly through US FIRST.  It is a very exciting event open to the public. 

In June, your team will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Maker Faire hosted at Union Station, 30 west Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO.

Your team may attend as many of these events as you would like.  All of them are free (except for World Festival).  Your team will receive paper awards for their participation at each event where there is reviewing and team building. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Please remember, all events locally are for paid teams only.  Each team is $75 through US FIRST and may only consist of 2-6 children per team.  Your team must have completed registration at least one week prior to the event to be eligible to participate. 

Thank you,

Gretchen Neis