2014 marked the second year for the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering to host the Kansas City Qualifier for the FIRST Tech Challenge.
This year, over 250 students from 25 teams participated in the qualifier, despite inclement weather and a delayed start. Of the 25 teams from Missouri, Kansas, Indiana and Arkansas, four will now move on to the Missouri State Championships, held March 1st in Rolla, MO.
The four teams advancing are:
- Café Bot, an independent team from Webster Groves, MO
- Astromechs, a community team from Kansas City, MO
- S.W.A.T., Smithville High School from Smithville, MO
- The Red Hot Techie Peppers, LEARN Science and Math Club from Kansas City, MO
Faculty, staff and students from the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering worked with the KC STEM Alliance to organize this year’s qualifier.
The FIRST Tech Challenge is a competition designed for students in middle and high school to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building and programming their robots.