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


After a second independent FIRST Robotcs Competition in Kansas City in two weeks, the Greater Kansas City Regional has advanced 7 teams, 5 of which are local. The five local advancing teams include Team 1775 Tigerbytes of Lincoln Preparatory High School in Kansas City, Mo., 1986 Team Titanium of Lee’s Summit West High School, Team 1723 F.B.I. of Independence, Mo., Team 5098 of North Kansas City High School, and Team 5801 of Career & Tech Center, Fort Osage, Mo. For more information about all the award winners:  https://www.kcstem.org/2018/03/5-local-teams-advance-to-worlds-during-gr...


Two area FIRST Tech Challenge teams have made it through 3 levels of competition succeeding at the local (Kansas City), state (Rolla, MO), and super regional (Athens, GA) levels to advance to the FIRST Worlds Championship in Houston, TX.  Congratulations to these teams: Team 3409 Astromechs of Parkville, MO and Team 6547 CAPS Cobalt Colts of Overland Park, KS Blue Valley CAPS program.



What an exciting first-ever Heartland Regional FIRST Robotics Competition! Congratulations to Chairman's Award Winner FIRST Robotics Team 1710 and Inspiration Award Winner Team Driven 1730 and the winning alliance of Team 4522 of Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Team 1710 and Team 1982, SMNW Cougar Robotics! The finalist alliance included Team 1730, S.W.A.T. Robotics from Smithville High School and Jaguar Robotics - FRC 1810 from Mill Valley High School. Thanks to some wild card slots, all of these teams are advancing to the world competition April 18-22 in Houston as well as the Rookie All-Star winner Team 6886 of Warsaw, MO.  For a full list of the award winners, go to:  https://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2018mokc2#award and for more information about the 5 Kansas City area teams see: https://www.kcstem.org/2018/03/five-teams-advance-from-heartland-regiona...


The FTC Missouri State Championship was held in Rolla, Mo on Saturday, February 24th.  Despite the damp weather and the 'State of Emergency' declare by the Governor, the atmosphere at the event was festive.  The championship hosted the top 48 teams from Kansas and Missouri.  The Kansas City area was well represented with 12 teams, 175 players and coaches, and 4 volunteers.  

On the field Kansas City placed 7 teams (of the 24) on to alliances for the playoffs.  The finals in the 'T' division featured Tesla's Knights versus Team Titanium Tech.  In the 'S' division Astromechs prevailed. This setup a state championship that featured Astromechs versus Team Titanium Tech.  As one would expect with these teams, it took three games to decide a winner, but the Astromechs alliance prevailed.

In addition to 'on the field' play the Kansas City teams did well in several awards categories:

  • Compass Award - 3rd Place - Glenn Crocker (Cobalt Colts - Blue Valley CAPS High School)
  • Promote Award - 3rd place - Cobalt Colts
  • Control Award - 3rd Place - Team Chargers (Heritage Christian Academy)
  • Motivate Award - 2nd Place - Astromechs  (Kansas City Robotics Foundation, Parkville, MO Team)
  • Innovate Award - 2nd Place - Astromechs
  • Innovate Award - 1st place - Team Titanium Tech  (Lee's Summit West High School)
  • Connect Award - 2nd Place - Cobalt Colts
  • Think Award - 1st Place - Cobalt Colts
  • Finalist in 'T' Division - Tesla's Knights  (North KC MO Community Team)
  • Finalist State Championship - Team Titanium Tech
  • Missouri State Championship Winning Alliance - Astromechs
  • Dean's List Finalists - Elijah Cook (Team Titanium Tech)
  • Inspire Award - 1st Place - Astromechs

Teams advancing to Super Regionals:

  • Astromechs
  • Cobalt Colts

Team Titanium Tech also qualified to advance but declined the invitation.

For full results, go to http://moftcscores.net/relic-recovery/event/sc