03/11/2018

What an exciting first-ever Heartland Regional FIRST Robotics Competition! Congratulations to Chairman's Award Winner FIRST Robotics Team 1710 and Inspiration Award Winner Team Driven 1730 and the winning alliance of Team 4522 of Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Team 1710 and Team 1982, SMNW Cougar Robotics! The finalist alliance included Team 1730, S.W.A.T. Robotics from Smithville High School and Jaguar Robotics - FRC 1810 from Mill Valley High School. Thanks to some wild card slots, all of these teams are advancing to the world competition April 18-22 in Houston as well as the Rookie All-Star winner Team 6886 of Warsaw, MO.  For a full list of the award winners, go to:  https://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2018mokc2#award and for more information about the 5 Kansas City area teams see: https://www.kcstem.org/2018/03/five-teams-advance-from-heartland-regiona...

02/24/2018

The FTC Missouri State Championship was held in Rolla, Mo on Saturday, February 24th.  Despite the damp weather and the 'State of Emergency' declare by the Governor, the atmosphere at the event was festive.  The championship hosted the top 48 teams from Kansas and Missouri.  The Kansas City area was well represented with 12 teams, 175 players and coaches, and 4 volunteers.  

On the field Kansas City placed 7 teams (of the 24) on to alliances for the playoffs.  The finals in the 'T' division featured Tesla's Knights versus Team Titanium Tech.  In the 'S' division Astromechs prevailed. This setup a state championship that featured Astromechs versus Team Titanium Tech.  As one would expect with these teams, it took three games to decide a winner, but the Astromechs alliance prevailed.

In addition to 'on the field' play the Kansas City teams did well in several awards categories:

  • Compass Award - 3rd Place - Glenn Crocker (Cobalt Colts - Blue Valley CAPS High School)
  • Promote Award - 3rd place - Cobalt Colts
  • Control Award - 3rd Place - Team Chargers (Heritage Christian Academy)
  • Motivate Award - 2nd Place - Astromechs  (Kansas City Robotics Foundation, Parkville, MO Team)
  • Innovate Award - 2nd Place - Astromechs
  • Innovate Award - 1st place - Team Titanium Tech  (Lee's Summit West High School)
  • Connect Award - 2nd Place - Cobalt Colts
  • Think Award - 1st Place - Cobalt Colts
  • Finalist in 'T' Division - Tesla's Knights  (North KC MO Community Team)
  • Finalist State Championship - Team Titanium Tech
  • Missouri State Championship Winning Alliance - Astromechs
  • Dean's List Finalists - Elijah Cook (Team Titanium Tech)
  • Inspire Award - 1st Place - Astromechs

Teams advancing to Super Regionals:

  • Astromechs
  • Cobalt Colts

Team Titanium Tech also qualified to advance but declined the invitation.

For full results, go to http://moftcscores.net/relic-recovery/event/sc

01/21/2018

The Kansas City FIRST LEGO League Championship took place at Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technology.  Forty-six teams from the metro area and beyond competed.  Green Hole, Team 17998 from Lawrence, KS won the Champion Award.  The 2nd place Champion Award went to Lawrence Lego Mafia and the 3rd place Champion Award went to Show-Me Legos of Grain Valley, MO.  First place qualifies Green Hole for the FIRST World Championship in Houston, TX.

Click on the following links for more results:

Award Winners from the KC FIRST LEGO League Championship.

What the Judges had to say about the award winners.

Robot Game High Scores.

11/20/2017

Our number of tournaments in the Kansas City area has increased substantially and we are in huge need of volunteers for all FIRST programs.  All skill sets needed! Tournament information and how to volunteer.  To sign up, go to www.firstinspires.org and Log In or Sign Up in the upper right corner and then "Volunteer for an Event."  You can sort by state (look at Kansas and Missouri) and will see all the tournaments in the area.