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

03/19/2017

Five area teams move on from the Greater Kansas City FIRST Robotics Competition to the FIRST Worlds Championship in St. Louis to be held on April 28 and 29.  These teams are: Team Driven from Lee's Summit High School, Ravonics Revolution from Olathe Northwest High School, CTC Inspire from Fort Osage Career and Tech Center, Broncobots from Lee's Summit North High School, and Millenium Falcons from Staley High School.  Congratulations to all 60 competing teams for a great season!  For all the award winners, see https://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2017mokc#awards

 

02/26/2017

Two Kansas City area FIRST Tech Challenge teams advanced from the State Championship over the weekend.  These teams are Team 10173 Ravonics Gemini from Olathe Northwest High School and Team 3409, Astromechs, a team of friends and family from Kansas City MO.  These teams have advanced to the FIRST Tech Challenge Super Regional in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to be held on March 31st and April 1st.  Congratulations to all the teams that competed in Rolla! See all the results from the State Championship here.  Click here to see the judges script and what they had to say about these teams.

Forty-eight midwestern FIRST Tech Challenge teams advanced through a qualifier system to qualify for the Regional FTC Championship taking place in Rolla, MO on March 4, 2017.  Ten of those teams are from the Kansas City area.  They include three teams from Olathe Northwest High School, two teams from Blue Valley CAPs, a Smithville High School team, a Harrisonville High School team, a team from Heritage Christian Academy in Olathe, a team from LEARN Science & Math in Kansas City MO, and the Astromechs, a team of family and friends in Kansas City MO.  These teams qualified through tournaments held at Smithville High School, Blue Valley CAPs, and Harrisonville High School. Teams had a choice of entering one of the first two qualifiers and/or attending meets to earn points to advance to a Conference qualifier which was held at Harrisonville High School.

For results from each of the Qualifiers, click below.

Smithville HS FTC Qualifier

BV Caps FTC Qualifier

CQ1 West Conference Qualifier held at Harrisonville HS

For more information about the Championship March 4th, Click Here.

02/26/2017

The Kansas City FIRST LEGO League Championship took place February 25 at Metropolitan Community College - Business & Technology.  Forty-five teams from the metro area and beyond competed.  The Flying Penguins, Team 934 from Overland Park won the Champion Award.  The 2nd place Champion Award went to the S.W.A.T. Bots.  Both teams qualifiy for the FIRST Worlds Championship in St. Louis. 

Click on the following links:

Award Winners from the KC FIRST LEGO League Championship.

What the Judges had to say about the award winners.

Robot Game Scores

01/18/2017

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).

Click Here for pdf of this information.

01/09/2015

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