The 2013-2014 season was a year of firsts for the FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION Teams in Kansas City. Take a look at the highlights of the season:
The KC area teams competed in 7 regional competitions and received the following:
· 29 regional awards including:
o 5 regional Chairman's awards out of 7 possible. The most prestigious award available in spreading the ideas of FIRST.
o 1 regional Engineering Inspiration award. The most prestigious award available in inspiring STEM.
o 4 teams qualified for championship by being in the winning alliance at their respective regional.
· 10 out of 50 teams (20%) qualified for the world championship. Only 14% of all the registered FRC teams are allowed at the Championship.
· World Championships
o KC teams received 4 awards, and of which, 1 was the divisional Engineering Inspiration award which automatically qualified them for the Worlds in 2015.
o 2 teams made it to the semi-finals in their respective divisions, the highest KC area teams have ever achieved.
o Two teams finished 12th and 23rd in a unofficial world ranking system.
But it is not just about the robot. For the teams to be recognized for these awards it takes more than building a robot, it takes community outreach, learning and spreading the word of STEM to inspire others. These teams have spent long hours and hard work to promote STEM by reaching thousands of kids through events they have participated in all year. These events include presentations to corporations, elementary and middle schools, demonstrations at street fair's. Students inspire thousand of others through the multiple summer camps for both robotics and app programming.