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.   


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


"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:



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.


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.


Nearly 500 teens will contend for best robot


The KC Engineering Zone, an initiative of KC STEM Alliance, will have open hours from 2:30 – 7:30 pm on Wednesdays during build season by appointment.  The KC Engineering Zone includes machining equipment donated to KC STEM Alliance by Honeywell.  This equipment includes two Bridgeport Mills, a Hardinge Lathe, a vertical band saw, a horizontal band saw, two drill presses, a shear press, and a brake press. An area with competition carpet equivalent to a half field will also be available with team-made field pieces for this year’s game.  A workbench for hand tool work is also available.  (Power hand tools not provided)

Three urban FRC teams build at the KC Engineering Zone which was designed for STEM outreach in the urban core including FIRST Robotics.  It also serves as the home office for KC STEM Alliance and for the KC FIRST programs which are run by KC STEM Alliance.

Requirements for use of KC Engineering Zone by FRC Teams.

  1. Schedule with Laura Bauer at bauerlb@kcstem.org with approximate number of students and adults as well as time of arrival and scope of work to be done.  One adult required per 5 students.  Indicate whether this will be the first visit for the participants.
  2. Bring completed Hold Harmless forms for each participant (adult and students) on their first visit.Participants under 18 years of age require a parental signature.Form is attached.
  3. Training (depending on level of machine usage you prefer for your students):
    • A 15 minute orientation and safety quiz on your first visit.
    • A KC Engineering Zone staff member or Honeywell machinist may perform the machining with the team observing and can work with individuals to learn safe usage of the equipment such as the mill and lathe.
    • If participants would like open use of the mid level machinery on return visits, a small project taking an hour and a half will be completed.Arrive for this by 3:15 pm. A record will be kept of this training and will not be required on subsequent visits.
  4. Wear short sleeves, closed toe shoes, and tie hair back.Remove jewelry. Bring safety glasses and specialty tools, especially hand held power tools. Basic non-power tools will be provided.



Availability to teams is subject to staff availability and space availability.Scheduling for each Wednesday will be based on first request and will max out at 18 participants (max of 6 participants requiring training).

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The Greater Kansas City FLL Championship scheduled for January 14, 2017 is officially rescheduled to February 25, 2017 due to weather concerns.


The first FTC Qualifier in the Kansas City area was held on December 10th at Smithville High School.  Check out the results here.


The results from the FIRST LEGO League qualifiers are posted below:

Qualifier #1 at Olathe Northwest High School occurred on Nov 12.  Here are the Awards and Advancers and the Robot Game Scores from that qualfier.

Qualifier #2 at Summit Lakes Middle School occurred on Nov 19.  Here are the Awards and Advancers and the Robot Game Scores from that qualifier.

Qualifier #3 at Bingham Middle School occurred on Dec 3.  Here are the Awards and Advancers and the Robot Game Scores from that qualifier.

Qualifier #4 at Columbia MO occurred on Dec 10.  Here are the Awards and Advancers and the Robot Game Scores from that qualifier.

Qualifier #5 at Wyandotte High School was cancelled due to weather conditions on Dec 17.  The Advancers from this tournament were based on a lottery and can be found here.


Media alert regarding the Greater Kansas City FLL Championshiop at Union Station on January 17, 2015: FLL Championship Media Alert