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).

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The Greater Kansas City FLL Championship scheduled for January 14, 2017 is officially rescheduled to February 25, 2017 due to weather concerns.


The first FTC Qualifier in the Kansas City area was held on December 10th at Smithville High School.  Check out the results here.


The results from the FIRST LEGO League qualifiers are posted below:

Qualifier #1 at Olathe Northwest High School occurred on Nov 12.  Here are the Awards and Advancers and the Robot Game Scores from that qualfier.

Qualifier #2 at Summit Lakes Middle School occurred on Nov 19.  Here are the Awards and Advancers and the Robot Game Scores from that qualifier.

Qualifier #3 at Bingham Middle School occurred on Dec 3.  Here are the Awards and Advancers and the Robot Game Scores from that qualifier.

Qualifier #4 at Columbia MO occurred on Dec 10.  Here are the Awards and Advancers and the Robot Game Scores from that qualifier.

Qualifier #5 at Wyandotte High School was cancelled due to weather conditions on Dec 17.  The Advancers from this tournament were based on a lottery and can be found here.


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


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.



Laura Loyacono


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.