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.

Welcome to DEEP SPACE - 2018-19 Season

Join our expedition into the 30th season of FIRST®! Travel to the outer limits of the universe in DESTINATION: DEEP SPACESM Presented By The Boeing Company.

The 2019 FIRST® Robotics Competition season will officially kickoff in January 2019. 

FRC Kickoff - Saturday, January 5, 2019

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.

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.

Welcome to ROVER RUCKUS - 2018-19 Season

Join our expedition into the 30th season of FIRST®! Ready your robots to explore uncharted planets in ROVER RUCKUSSM Presented By Qualcomm.

In the 2019 FIRST® Tech Challenge season, teams will explore STEM concepts through a challenging, and out-of-this-world space-themed game. Prepare to rouse a ruckus and take your team on an adventure when the new season launches this September.

Learn about the 2018-19 FTC Competition Structure

This year there will be two FTC Qualifiers in the Kansas City area as well as one Conference Qualifier.  The locations and dates for the FTC Qualifiers will be held announced soon so watch this space.  The Conference Qualifier will be held for those teams that advance through Meets. Date and location will be announced soon.  Each team is gauranteed a spot at one regular qualifier and two meets.  Qualifier cost is $100 and each two meets cost $100.  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 several locations in Kansas City in November, December, and January.  See events on this website for more information. 

More information about FTC Meets

FTC teams can participate in meets and qualify to compete at the Conference Qualifier on 2/9/19.  Two Meets cost $100 and teams are gauranteed two if they register by end of September.  These meets are in the Northwest quadrant but are 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.  The link to register for a 2018-19 Meet is not yet available.  Check back at this spot. 

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://stlfirst.org/first-tech-challenge

FTC Kickoff and Workshops

Kickoff will be held September 8, 2018
MCC Business & Technology Campus
1775 Universal Ave., KC, MO 64120

Team Training Workshop will be held September 22, 2018
MCC Business & Technology Campus
1775 Universal Ave., KC, MO 64120

FTC Meets and Qualifiers in KC - 2018-19

FTC Meets and Qualifiers in KC - 2018-19 (see events listing for more information)

November 10: 2 FTC Meets at Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technology

November 17: 2 FTC Meets at Belton High School

December 1: 2 FTC Meets at St. Teresa's Academy

December 8: 2 FTC Meets at Pleasant Lea Middle School in Lee's Summit

December 15: FTC Qualifier at Notre Dame de Sion

January 12: 2 FTC Meets at Olathe Northwest High School

January 19: FTC Qualifier at location TBD

January 26: 2 FTC Meets at Central Academy of Excellence High School

February 9: FTC Conference Qualifier at Blue Springs High School

FTC Missouri State Championship

FTC Missouri (and Kansas) State Championship will be held in Rolla MO in 2018.  Date to be announced.  Last season, it was held in Rolla, MO at Missouri S&T on March 4, 2017.    These Kansas City area teams  advanced to the State Level Championship.  Results of the March 4th State Championship included two KC area teams advancing to the North Super Regional Championship held on March 30th - April 1st. The two advancing teams were Team 10173 Olathe Northwest High School Ravonics Gemini and Team 3409 Astromechs.

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.

FLL Qualifier Information for the 2018-19 Season

The qualifier dates are as follows:
Qualifier #1 - November 10, 2018   Olathe Northwest High School

Qualifier #2 - November 17, 2018  Summit Lakes Middle School, Lee's Summit, MO

Qualifier #3- December 1, 2018  Bingham Middle School, Independence, MO

Qualifier #4 - December 8, 2018  Wyandotte High School

Qualifier #5 - December 15, 2018  Lawrence High School

KC Area FLL Qualifier Registration

FLL Coaches: Registration opens at 4 pm on September 27th, 2018 for KC area qualifiers.  Qualifier registration closes at 5 pm on October 5th.  Payment of $100 is due by October 30th.

Link to register not yet available:

Cost is $100 and is non-refundable.   More information when available.

Announcement about updated Judging Rubrics

FIRST LEGO League has updated the Project rubric for the 2017 HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season.  The updated rubric has an increased focus on the processes used in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), specifically these changes:

  • The Sources of Information criteria clearly reflects the need for quality sources and a wide variety of sources.  Teams must consult professionals in fields relating to their topic to be at the Accomplished or Exemplary levels.
  • Problem Analysis includes the analysis of the problem and of existing solutions.  Review Existing Solutions has been eliminated as a separate area for evaluation.
  • When teams are describing their Team Solution, they are now expected to describe how it solves the problem.
  • The new Solution Development criteria encompasses the previous Implementation criteria.  Teams should explain the processes they used to select, develop, evaluate, test, and improve the solution.  Teams who use some type of evaluation, testing, or other data analysis as part of their process will be at the Accomplished level; teams who do evaluation and consider cost, ease of manufacturing, or other implementation factors in a systematic way will be at the Exemplary level.

Teams who are working toward the Accomplished and Exemplary levels for Solution Development may choose to spend more designing their process than in previous seasons to ensure it is systematic and includes some type of evaluation or testing of their solution.  All teams will spend more time explaining their development process to Judges than they would have done in the past.

If you have questions about the updated rubric, email flljudge@firstinspires.org or fllprojects@firstinspires.org.

FLL KC Championship Information - 2017

FLL Championship for Greater KC will take place January 20, 2018 at Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technology.  For more information, see the event listing on January 20.  Results from last year are listed below.

FLL Championship Results - 2017 - 2018

The results are in.

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. 

2018 MISSION MOON launches August 1, 2018

Join our mission into the 30th season of FIRST! Discover your sense of wonder during the 2018/2019 FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. season, MISSION MOONSM.

You and your team will transport to a place where you make the rules, learn to thrive in a new environment, and explore all that is around you.

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, challenge document, and season materials.
 

2018-19 KC Showcase Opportunities

Dear teams,

We hope you are excited about the MISSION MOON season!

We have some dates for FLL Junior events in the Kansas City Region.

Kansas City Showcases (will include reviewing and team building):

November 10th at Olathe Northwest High School FLL Qualifier: time and sign up to follow

November 17th at Summit Lakes Middle School FLL Qualifier: time and sign up to follow

March at an FRC Regional: time, location, and sign up to follow

April: date and location to follow

Showcases (share posters with public-display style only):

January at FLL Championship: time, location, and sign up to follow

June 22-23 at Maker Faire at Union Station KC: time and sign up to follow

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.  I will be contacting teams to sign up for Showcases in October.

Thank you,

Chrissy Chandler

gst-cchandler@kcstem.org