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It's time to watch students shine!

Students are sharing their problem-solving prowess in showcases and competitions near and far this spring. Here are four ways you can cheer them on while helping them deepen their communication skills:

Kansas City Invention Convention // Apr 23

During the Kansas City Invention Convention students develop their ideas into real inventions with guidance from mentors along the way. Stop by the showcase and awards show this Saturday, April 23, at UMKC's Swinney Center to see their results and find out who wins cash prizes and the chance to represent KC on the national level.

PLTW Senior Showcase // Apr 26

On April 26, you'll see creative solutions in engineering and biomedical science as students share their capstone projects with the community during the Project Lead The Way Senior Showcase at Union Station. Finalists will be revealed for competitions including the Innovator Awards for those projects with true market potential (and a great pitch) and online Engineering Design and Biomedical Research Design.

JCCC Poster Symposium // Apr 28

The Johnson County Community College STEM Poster Symposium on April 28 in the Regnier Center showcases original research and projects by JCCC STEM students in a conference-style setting. At least 100 students studying Engineering, Technology, Science and Math are expected. 

Liberty Invitational ElectroRally  // May 2

Cheer on racers from 15 regional high schools at the Touchstone Energy Electrorally & MINDDRIVE Drone Challenge on Monday, May 2. The Liberty Memorial location provides a dramatic track as high school students from across Kansas race electric vehicles they designed and built. Racing begins around 10 a.m.; a second race is set for the afternoon, followed by award presentations. Learn more.

3 STEM experiences to share now

1. For girls: A firsthand look at orthopedic surgery

During the Perry Outreach Program, women in grades 10-12 perform mock orthopedic surgeries and conduct biomechanical engineering experiments, while also hearing from prominent women engineers and surgeons in the field. A few spots remain for the April 30 session at the KC Engineering Zone. Apply now.

2. Outdoor Learning + Citizen Science

Become a citizen scientist during the City Nature Challenge, an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities around the globe. Learn how to use the iNaturalist app to record your findings and take a guided hike with the Heartland Conservation Alliance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Learn more and register.


3. A Makers' Market for Teens

Calling all teen makers: In celebration of Small Business Week and Remake Learning Days Across America, the Olathe Public Library is putting together a teen Makers' Market for Saturday, May 7. Makers should register here to receive an application for the chance to promote and sell their creations.

Spark a life-long love of learning


Choose your own adventure during #RemakeDaysKC

Speaking of Remake Learning Day Across America, this national festival of hands-on learning kicks off this week and begins in Kansas City on May 6. The line up of hands-on experiences in arts, science, technology, outdoor learning, making and youth voice includes more than 100 activities for Kansas City's young people and their families.

Visit to choose your own adventure to enjoy with the young people in your life. You'll find everything from learning how to use a green screen to discovering patterns in nature plus several neighborhood mini-festivals. Neighborhood fests include Remake Learning Day in the Westside, an array of events in the Historic Northeast coordinated by the Kansas City Public Library, a mini-festival of STEAM activities themed around the miracle of flight and other feats of engineering at the KC STEM Alliance, and a entire week of hands-on learning at Agape Grow Education Center in the Northeast Blue Ridge Neighborhood.

NSBE Jr. Community STEM Day

aSTEAM Village hosts a Community STEM Day on Thursday, May 5, at the Royals Urban Youth Academy with Janeen Uzzell, CEO of the National Society of Black Engineers, as a special guest. Sign up here to provide an interactive STEAM experience. Contact directly to bring students to the event.


Girls in STEM Spotlight: Twisted Sister

L-R Kris Stanley, Avery Stanley, Kaitlyn Stanley, Avery Cowger, Charlotte Cowger, Megan Cowger

When Avery Stanley became entranced by a robotics demonstration during a STEM fair, little did she know that only a short time later she would be on her way to compete in the FIRST World Championship in Houston with her own robot. Her rookie FIRST LEGO League team (named Twisted Sister for the two sets of sisters who comprise the team) formed just before the registration deadline and had little to no experience with the FIRST program or robotics in general.

What they did have was a love of LEGOs, a willingness to try something new, great teamwork and the perseverance to put in hours of online research and more than 700 practice runs with their robot. Competing virtually, they won the Innovation Award at a regional qualifier and eventually won the Greater KC Regional FLL Championship. This week's trip to Championships is their first in-person competition. To prepare, they've put in many more hours to improve their robot's speed and consistency while also using a 3D printer to created giveaways to share with teams from around the world.

You can cheer on Twisted Sister by following the FIRST Championship action on social and FIRSTtv. See how to take part from home!


Raytown's 'Riveting Robotics' wins BOTB

Students from the Raytown Challenge Gifted Program took home the grand prize in the 2021-22 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains. The 43-student team’s proposal for a robotics-themed exhibit earned the school $50,000 in grant money and the opportunity to work with STEM professionals at Burns & McDonnell to transform the idea into a $1 million exhibit at Science City at Union Station. See all of the finalists and their projects.

This weekend: Local teams compete at FIRST Championship

 Championship in Houston celebrates the 2021-22 FIRST FORWARDSM robotics season for the entire FIRST community with a conference, competition and fun. Take a look at the scene for FIRST Robotics Competition during set up earlier this week! Teams representing the Kansas City/Western Missouri region include:

FRC 1710 The Ravonics Revolution Olathe Northwest High School
FRC 1730 Team Driven Lee's Summit High School
FRC 1825 The Cyborgs Metro Homeschool Robotics, Inc.
FRC 1939 THE KUHNIGITS The Barstow School
FRC 1986 Team Titanium Lee's Summit West High School
FRC 1987 Broncobots Lee's Summit North High School
FRC 3284 Camdenton LASER 3284 Camdenton High School
FRC 4522 Team SCREAM Smith-Cotton High School
FRC 5013 Trobots Park Hill High School
FRC 5098 STING - R North Kansas City High School
FRC 5809 The Jesubots Rockhurst High School
FRC 6424 Stealth Panther Robotics Knob Noster High School
FRC 8825 Hunting Eagles Central High School
FTC 6547 Cobalt Colts Community Team
FLL 54600 Twisted Sisters 4 Community Team

Cheer along by watching robot matches live on FIRSTtv. See which events are streaming and check out the full schedule.


KC Regional Science Bowl winners advance

Congratulations to Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, which will represent Kansas in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl on May 21. They will join Ladue Horton Watkins from St. Louis, representing Missouri, after advancing through the Kansas City Regional Science Bowl sponsored by DOE and Honeywell FM&T.  A team from Pleasant Ridge, Kansas, advanced in the Middle School category and will compete next on May 7.

The Science Bowl® uses a quiz show format with questions in categories such as biology, chemistry earth and space sciences, mathematics, energy and physics. The final eight teams from the middle school and high school competitions will participate in person at the National Science Bowl Final competition in Washington, D.C. in July.

Materials Camp for Teachers // June 13-17

Enjoy being a student this summer! The ASM Materials Camp for Teachers includes professional development credentials and approaches you can use to spark students’ interests in math and science through Materials Science
Technologies, or MST.  The camp includes lab demonstrations and experiments using everyday materials that can be integrated into new and existing lesson plans. Download this flyer for details and the application link.


Join the STEM Connect-KC Network

Is your organization listed in STEM Connect-KC? This is the place to find others working in or supporting STEM (and STEAM!) education in the Kansas City region, plus events, competitions, scholarships, educator professional development and more.

Joining the directory ensures you receive invitations for meetings and events happening in the STEM learning community. The Events Calendar is free and open to all to promote STEM events and activities, scholarships, summer camps and more.

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