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.                        

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

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.   Click here for the Press Release from KC STEM Alliance.