New for 2017-18: Loaner Kit Program

Thanks to a generous grant from the Argosy Foundation, loaner kits of parts will be available this season to make it easier for new teams to get started in any of the progression of FIRST programs. Teams can use the loaner kits as they get established in their rookie seasons and will return them to KC STEM Alliance at the season's end.

The Argosy Foundation's mission is to support people and programs that make society a better place to live by seeking to employ creative and entrepreneurial approaches that help people to help themselves, and become self-sustaining whenever possible. Through this program, Argosy will help jump start nearly 60 teams in the Kansas City region.

For more information about the program, contact Robert Dumler or fill out this application form.                        


KC FIRST and KC STEM Alliance are currently looking for FIRST AmeriCorp VISTA members to serve from August, 2017 – August, 2018. FIRST VISTA members work to support and assist teams, mentors, coaches and volunteers with an emphasis on securing and sustaining support to the underserved. View complete details surrounding duties, skills needed, compensation, benefits and application requirements at:  


If you love FIRST or working with youth (K-12th grade), please consider a year of service with the FIRST VISTA AmeriCorps program.  You will be giving back to the Kansas City area and honing management, teaching, and technological skills.

For questions or additional information contact Laura Bauer at bauerlb@kcstem.org or Robert Dumler at rdumler@firstinspires.org


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.   Click here for the Press Release from KC STEM Alliance.



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.