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

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/

08/16/2017

We are now at 186 teams in the Kansas City Region as of September 19th and our region will close at 200.  We cannot tell exactly what day that will happen, so make sure to get your team registered at this link, https://my.firstinspires.org/AccountManager/Account/Register     FLL Qualifier registration will occur from September 28th until October 6th and detailed information will go to registered team's coaches.

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.                        

04/06/2017

KC FIRST and KC STEM Alliance are currently looking for FIRST AmeriCorp VISTA members to serve from August, 2017 – August, 2018. FIRST VISTA members work to support and assist teams, mentors, coaches and volunteers with an emphasis on securing and sustaining support to the underserved. View complete details surrounding duties, skills needed, compensation, benefits and application requirements at:  

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50639&fromSearch=true

If you love FIRST or working with youth (K-12th grade), please consider a year of service with the FIRST VISTA AmeriCorps program.  You will be giving back to the Kansas City area and honing management, teaching, and technological skills.

For questions or additional information contact Laura Bauer at bauerlb@kcstem.org or Robert Dumler at rdumler@firstinspires.org