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

11/09/2017

Call FIRST at 603-666-3906.  They can help you with Team Registration or any of the other FIRST systems.

10/19/2017

KC STEM Alliance is happy to announce the addition of two Kansas City FIRST team alumni as FIRST® AmeriCorps VISTAs in Kansas City.  Andrew Rios and Rory Smith bring a wealth of FIRST knowledge to their roles as Federal Resources. They have been key performers already in their first two months of service that started 9/28/17.  Andrew is working with FIRST LEGO League teams and Rory with FIRST Tech Challenge teams in the city.  Both are working with FIRST Robotics Competition teams at the Kansas City Engineering Zone and KC area as well as sustaining our ability to deliver all of the FIRST tournaments in Kansas City. 

Andrew is a graduate of Bishop Miege High School, was on Team 1997 Stag Robotics for four years, and studied engineering at Pittsburg State Univeristy.

Rory is a graduate of Lee's Summit High School and was on Team 1730 Team Driven for four years where he specialized in machining.

Andrew and Rory join the proud tradition of FIRST® AmeriCorps VISTA in Kansas City begun by Malcolm Strickland and continuing with Dylan Fuehrer, Chloe Brown, and Collin Robinett who have successfully completed their terms and benefitted the Kansas City STEM community tremendously.

The FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to expand the vision of FIRST by working in areas that have been deemed underserved: lower socio-economic communities, rural areas, and areas that have little to no support or resources to be able to easily access STEM initiatives.

09/19/2017

KC STEM Alliance has grants available for FRC and FTC teams in the 6 county area (Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas and Jackson, Platte, Clay, and Cass in Missouri).  Apply HERE. Grants are awarded to teams in underserved areas, younger teams and teams new to fundraising, and teams doing fantastic ourtreach.   Please go to this link to learn more about available grants:  http://www.kcstem.org/about-us/what-we-do/targeted-grant-making/

08/03/2017

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.