03/19/2017

Five area teams move on from the Greater Kansas City FIRST Robotics Competition to the FIRST Worlds Championship in St. Louis to be held on April 28 and 29.  These teams are: Team Driven from Lee's Summit High School, Ravonics Revolution from Olathe Northwest High School, CTC Inspire from Fort Osage Career and Tech Center, Broncobots from Lee's Summit North High School, and Millenium Falcons from Staley High School.  Congratulations to all 60 competing teams for a great season!  For all the award winners, see https://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2017mokc#awards

 

02/26/2017

Two Kansas City area FIRST Tech Challenge teams advanced from the State Championship over the weekend.  These teams are Team 10173 Ravonics Gemini from Olathe Northwest High School and Team 3409, Astromechs, a team of friends and family from Kansas City MO.  These teams have advanced to the FIRST Tech Challenge Super Regional in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to be held on March 31st and April 1st.  Congratulations to all the teams that competed in Rolla! See all the results from the State Championship here.  Click here to see the judges script and what they had to say about these teams.

Forty-eight midwestern FIRST Tech Challenge teams advanced through a qualifier system to qualify for the Regional FTC Championship taking place in Rolla, MO on March 4, 2017.  Ten of those teams are from the Kansas City area.  They include three teams from Olathe Northwest High School, two teams from Blue Valley CAPs, a Smithville High School team, a Harrisonville High School team, a team from Heritage Christian Academy in Olathe, a team from LEARN Science & Math in Kansas City MO, and the Astromechs, a team of family and friends in Kansas City MO.  These teams qualified through tournaments held at Smithville High School, Blue Valley CAPs, and Harrisonville High School. Teams had a choice of entering one of the first two qualifiers and/or attending meets to earn points to advance to a Conference qualifier which was held at Harrisonville High School.

For results from each of the Qualifiers, click below.

Smithville HS FTC Qualifier

BV Caps FTC Qualifier

CQ1 West Conference Qualifier held at Harrisonville HS

For more information about the Championship March 4th, Click Here.

02/26/2017

The Kansas City FIRST LEGO League Championship took place February 25 at Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technology.  Forty-five teams from the metro area and beyond competed.  The Flying Penguins, Team 934 from Overland Park won the Champion Award.  The 2nd place Champion Award went to the S.W.A.T. Bots.  Both teams qualifiy for the FIRST Worlds Championship in St. Louis. 

Click on the following links:

Award Winners from the KC FIRST LEGO League Championship.

What the Judges had to say about the award winners.

Robot Game Scores

01/18/2017

The KC Engineering Zone, an initiative of KC STEM Alliance, will have open hours from 2:30 – 7:30 pm on Wednesdays during build season by appointment.  The KC Engineering Zone includes machining equipment donated to KC STEM Alliance by Honeywell.  This equipment includes two Bridgeport Mills, a Hardinge Lathe, a vertical band saw, a horizontal band saw, two drill presses, a shear press, and a brake press. An area with competition carpet equivalent to a half field will also be available with team-made field pieces for this year’s game.  A workbench for hand tool work is also available.  (Power hand tools not provided)

Three urban FRC teams build at the KC Engineering Zone which was designed for STEM outreach in the urban core including FIRST Robotics.  It also serves as the home office for KC STEM Alliance and for the KC FIRST programs which are run by KC STEM Alliance.

Requirements for use of KC Engineering Zone by FRC Teams.

  1. Schedule with Laura Bauer at bauerlb@kcstem.org with approximate number of students and adults as well as time of arrival and scope of work to be done.  One adult required per 5 students.  Indicate whether this will be the first visit for the participants.
  2. Bring completed Hold Harmless forms for each participant (adult and students) on their first visit.Participants under 18 years of age require a parental signature.Form is attached.
  3. Training (depending on level of machine usage you prefer for your students):
    • A 15 minute orientation and safety quiz on your first visit.
    • A KC Engineering Zone staff member or Honeywell machinist may perform the machining with the team observing and can work with individuals to learn safe usage of the equipment such as the mill and lathe.
    • If participants would like open use of the mid level machinery on return visits, a small project taking an hour and a half will be completed.Arrive for this by 3:15 pm. A record will be kept of this training and will not be required on subsequent visits.
  4. Wear short sleeves, closed toe shoes, and tie hair back.Remove jewelry. Bring safety glasses and specialty tools, especially hand held power tools. Basic non-power tools will be provided.

 

 

Availability to teams is subject to staff availability and space availability.Scheduling for each Wednesday will be based on first request and will max out at 18 participants (max of 6 participants requiring training).

Click Here for pdf of this information.

11/13/2014

Media Alert regarding FLL Qualifying Tournaments for 2014-2015  WORLD CLASS season.  Click Here.

11/04/2013

New Kansas City Venue for

2014 Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition.

Unveiled by local high school robotics teams to

FIRST® Organization President, Don Bossi

 

WHAT:    FIRST® LOOK 2014 Preview

WHEN:    Friday, November 8, 2013

             VIP Reception 4:30 – 5:15

            Opening Remarks 5:15 (Dr. Don Bossi, president, FIRST®)

WHERE: MCC-Business & Technology Exhibit Hall

             1775 Universal Avenue, Kansas City, MO

 

OF SPECIAL INTEREST: FIRST President, Donald E. Bossi will be in Kansas City to encourage and congratulate area FIRST® robotics teams as they preview the new venue for one of the largest robotics competitions in the U.S., the 2014 KC Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. Dr. Bossi is available for interviews and appearances on Friday, November 8. Contact information below.

 

“I’m very excited to visit Kansas City and meet with the local FIRST teams, coaches, mentors, and volunteers. I believe deeply in the FIRST mission and the mission of the KC STEM Alliance and students discover the rewards of an education and career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”

 

Bossi holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the first engineer to serve as president of the FIRST international organization and the holder of four U.S. Patents. His mission at FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) is to inspire the next generation of innovators through after-school, mentor-based robotics programs.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Laura Loyacono

Director

KC STEM Alliance

Office: 816-235-1497

Cell: 816-665-3823

 

About FIRST ® - Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $16 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE (JR.FLL®) FOR GRADES K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. FIRST programs are projected to reach over 350,000 young people in more than 80 countries in the 2014 season To learn more about FIRST, got to www.usfirst.org.