Celebrating 10 years of FIRST Robotics Competition in Greater Kansas City!

60 FRC teams to compete March 11-12 at KC Regionals

More than 1,000 students from 60 teams will gather March 10-12 for the Greater Kansas City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, now celebrating its 10th year in the metro area. Join the action at Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology Campus.

Tenth anniversary celebration is March 11

During Opening Ceremonies at 8 a.m. Friday, March 11, we will recognize the contributions of longstanding members of the KC FIRST community, all of whom have provided steadfast support for the past decade. FIRST would not be possible without the sponsors and countless mentors and volunteers who have supported students as they master STEM skills, learn to use sophisticated software, hardware and power tools; and practice Gracious Professionalism as they build robots of their own design for competition.

This year's competition promises to be as exciting as ever as teams storm the castle in FIRST STRONGHOLD. See the detailed event schedule here.

FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams advance

Congratulations to FIRST LEGO League Team 12639 Evolve from Blue Valley's Lakewood Middle School for winning the Champions Award at the FLL Kansas City Championship on Jan. 16 at Union Station. Second place went to Team 17998 Green Hole, a rookie team from Lawrence, Kan. Evolve moves on to the World Championships in St. Louis. See the full list of FLL award winners here.

Eight teams from the Kansas City region will be among the 48 participating in the FIRST Tech Challenge state championships March 4-5 in Rolla. See the full list of winners from FTC Qualifiers here. 

World Record breakers give back to KC FIRST community

On Feb. 5, Jay Flatland and Paul Rose, software developers for Kansas City-based Tradebot, set a new Guinness World Record for solving a Rubik’s Cube with a robot--solving the puzzle in just under 1 second! Their colleague Will Bryson had offered a $1,000 prize to anyone who could beat a world record--and these two used their combined software and engineering knowledge to do just that.

Then they generously decided to give the prize money to FIRST Kansas City to support our robotics programs. Thanks for being such an inspiration! Watch the video of their record-breaking feat here.

#GirlsinTechKC #ContestAlert!

Calling all girls in tech! We want to hear from you. Tell us about what you like or want others to know about tech and you could win a fun prize!

Whether you program for a robotics team, take computer science as a class, attend app camps or Coder Dojo and similar events, or simply took part in an Hour of Code, we want to hear from you! Tell us your story for a chance to win a prize!

Like what, you ask? How about tickets to local science-related attractions including Science City, Powell Gardens and the Kanas City Zoo? Or a shiny new Vivofit 2 activity tracker from Garmin?

It's simple to enter. Write a line or two about what you like about tech or what you want others to know about it and post it with a photo on Instagram, making sure to tag @stemkc and using the hashtag #GirlsinTechKC. Or you can record a short video and post and tag in the same way. That's it!  **If you don't have your own account, you can enter using a parent's or teacher's account (with permission, of course!).**

We will randomly draw prize winners from all of the participants who enter by Monday, March 14. Teachers, coaches and parents: Please help us spread the word!

KC HealthTracks student explore health science careers

On Feb. 10, Project Lead the Way Biomedical students from nine area high schools met at Metropolitan Community College's Penn Valley Health Science Institute for hands-on experiences as part of the new KC HealthTracks initiative.

Exploring Engineering

This week focuses on the E in STEM to encourage exploration of the engineering field. Activities include the E-Week luncheon produced by the eastern Kansas and western Missouri chapters of the Society of Professional Engineers and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers-Kansas City. Learn more about Discover Engineers Week activities.

STEM Day at the Capitol(s) on March 3

Kansas and Missouri add to Million Women Mentors movement

STEM will be in the spotlight at state capitols in both Missouri and Kansas on Thursday, March 3. The Kansas Afterschool and STEM Day, organized by the Kansas Enrichment Network, is new this year and will highlight the state’s participation in the Million Women Mentors movement with the signing of a proclamation by Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Launched in January 2014, Million Women Mentors is a national movement to connect mentors in STEM fields with young girls and women. Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds has championed the movement among the states, with more than 30 fellow Lieutenant Governors participating to date. 

The Missouri STEM Day, sponsored by the Mathematics and Science Coalition, runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capitol with a focus on K-12 and Higher Education STEM programming and also includes a proclamation of support for Million Women Mentors. Together, Kansas and Missouri have pledged to recruit 7,000 women mentors as part of the movement.

WE NEED YOU! We have more students than ever and need volunteers to judge online Engineering and Biomedical Research & Design Competitions.

Save the date: April 19

Celebrate the ingenuity and creativity of Project Lead the Way students in engineering and biomedical sciences during this showcase of Senior Capstone projects.
9-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 19
Sprint Festival Plaza
at Union Station
Kansas City, Mo.

Thank you to our sustaining partners:
KC STEM Alliance major supporters