Congratulations to the six area FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams that advanced from the Greater Kansas City FRC Regional to the FIRST Championship, to be held April 23-26 in St. Louis, MO. Read on for more details. 
Congratulations to Olathe Northwest High, this year's Regional Chairman's Award winner. The Chairman's Award is the most prestigious award of the event and recognizes the team that embodies the goals and purposes of FIRST and best represents a model for other teams. 
Team members from Paseo Academy focused on the action on the field. 
Kansas City, MO Mayor Sly James dropped by the competition on Pi Day to speak to the crowd and, of course, eat pie. 

Six KC Area FRC Teams Advance to St. Louis Championship from the KC Regional Event

Congratulations to the six teams that advanced to the FIRST Championship from the Greater Kansas City FIRST Robotics Competition in March. Sixty area high school teams competed in this year's recycling-themed game where their robots scored points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. 

The annual event, held at MCC Business and Technology campus, is one of the largest robotics events in the region. 

This year's advancing teams include:

  • Olathe Northwest High, Team 1710
  • Blue Springs School District (Blue Springs High/Blue Springs South High), Team 1785
  • Independence School District (William Chrisman High, Truman High and Van Horn High), Team 1723
  • Lee's Summit High, Team 1730
  • Smithville High, Team 1806 
  • Shawnee Mission West High, Team 1777
And congratulations to Lincoln College Preparatory Academy (Team 1775) and Lee's Summit West High (Team 1986) for advancing to the FIRST Championship from other regional events. 

Martha McCabe, KC STEM AllianceCarnegie Science Center (CSC) in Pittsburgh, PA hosted a congressional briefing on March 18th in Washington, DC. The briefing, sponsored by Pennsylvania Representatives Mike Doyle and Keith Rothfus, included Martha McCabe from KC STEM Alliance as a panelist.  With close to 100 attendees, McCabe discussed how CSC’s new STEM Excellence Pathway rubric tool is being used in Missouri to help school district leaders develop STEM educational offerings for their students.  To date, CSC's STEM Excellence Pathway workshops have been held in Kansas City and St. Louis with over 50 Missouri school districts participating. Future workshops are scheduled for Springfield and other locations throughout Missouri.

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FRC Volunteer of the Year Awards
Tom Hand was awarded this year's FIRST Robotics Volunteer of the Year award at the Greater Kansas City Regional. Tom has been mentoring FRC teams since 2006. "You don’t just build robots, you build relationships with the kids," he said. 
Garmin International, Inc. was awarded the Corporate Volunteer of the Year award for their commitment to STEM education and employee volunteer support for KC FIRST.  
Thank You Volunteers
Thank you to all of our dedicated FRC volunteers who helped to make this year's competition a success for Kansas City regional STEM students. 
The PLTW Senior Showcase celebrates graduating PLTW students and highlights their senior capstone projects from the Engineering Design and Development (EDD) and Biomedical Innovations (BI) courses. 

New in 2015! This year students will compete for an engineering design award. Projects will be judged by "guest investors" and recognized for innovation and marketability. 

Meet these bright young STEM stars and learn about their projects!
April 15, 2015
9 - 11:30 a.m. 
Union Station, Sprint Festival Plaza

Click here for more information.
Download a complete list of projects. 
Discover how Jr. FIRST LEGO League encourages children ages 6 to 9 to become detectives and researchers at the Jr. FLL Expo at the KC Public Library's Central Branch. 

Admission and parking are FREE!
April 18, 2015
9 a.m. - Noon
KC Public Library, Central Branch

For more information, contact Gretchen Neis
Learn more about enriching, exciting and fun STEM camps around the region including our Girl's App Camp (scholarships available for KCMO students). 
Also, check out KC Power Source summer camps, and camps hosted by the UMKC School of Computing & Engineering
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