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


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...