06/12/2014

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.   

03/18/2014

Click Here for the podcast on KCUR with Woody Flowers and Malcolm Strickland.

02/07/2014

"The Local Show" on KCPT, Kansas City's public television station, featured the Greater Kansas City FIRST® LEGO® League Championship held at Union Station and Center School District's Rocking Robo Roadrunners FLL team. This aired on February 6th, 2014.  Watch it here:

 http://www.kcpt.org/education/block-block-lego-robotics-builds-interest-stem/

02/03/2014

The FTC Qualifier held at UMKC Swinney Rec rivetted the crowd with 4 robots competing on a field and three fields in operation.  The 25 teams with kids in 7th grade through 12th grade competed for four spots at the State Championship to be held in Rolla, Missouri.  The Kansas City Star captured the action in photos.  Click Here and Here to see the photos.

01/27/2014

Two local news stations did pieces on our FLL Championship event at Union Station.  KCTV5 and FOX4KC covered our Greater Kansas City FLL Championship held on January 18, 2014.

01/27/2014

Nearly 500 teens will contend for best robot

01/18/2019

The FTC Qualifier to be held on Saturday January 19, 2019 has been cancelled due to weather concerns.

01/18/2019

The FTC Qualifier to be held on Saturday January 19, 2019 has been cancelled due to weather concerns.

01/16/2019

FIRST in the Kansas City Region (Kansas and Western Missouri) is seeking an individual from the FIRST community to work closely and collaboratively with local Program Leaders to provide critical support to FIRST . Learn More.  On average, the FIRST Senior Mentor devotes 10-15 hours per week, receives a payment of $600 per month, and is reimbursed for approved expenses up to $4200 per year.  If you have an interest, please contact Laura Bauer at bauerlb@kcstem.org or 913-515-0343.

01/11/2019

The FTC meets scheduled for 1/12/19 have been cancelled due to inclement weather.