This application is now closed. 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).  Grants are awarded to teams in underserved areas, younger teams and teams new to fundraising, and teams doing fantastic outreach.   Please go to this link to learn more about available grants and apply:  http://www.kcstem.org/about-us/what-we-do/targeted-grant-making/


KC STEM Alliance is pleased to announce that Christina Chandler has joined our team by accepting the position of FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior Partner for the Kansas City region.  Christina brings over 8 years of experience working with FIRST teams of all four programs.  She has worked in the Center and KCMO School Districts for 10 years in Information Technology, teaching, and Career and Tech administration.  Christina has an expertise in creating and building sustainable programs that allow students to be aligned with what they are passionate about so they are fully engaged in their learning and preparing for their future.

Christina has a Master's Degree in Career and Technical Leadership from UCM and a Bachelor's in Education from Graceland University.  She also holds numerous education certificates.

As FLL and FLL JR Partner, Christina will support FLL and FLL JR teams.  She will implement FLL and FLL JR workshops, community events, FLL qualifying tournaments and the championship tournament, as well as FLL JR Expo and Showcase opportunties.

Christina follows Gretchen Neis in this position who brought our region to a new level of excellence in her 4 years with KC STEM Alliance.


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.

KC FIRST and KC STEM Alliance are currently looking for FIRST AmeriCorp VISTA members to serve from August, 2018 – August, 2019. 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://www.firstinspires.org/vista

Contact Laura Bauer at bauerlb@kcstem.org if interested.


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...