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.
KC Stem Alliance has announced the following in a recent press release:
UMKC School of Computing and Engineering will host the Greater Kansas City’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) regional competition on Sun., Feb. 3, 2013 at Swinney Recreation Center, located at the university’s Volker Campus in Kansas City, Mo. The competition is free and open to the public and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “We are thankful that UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering offered to host the first Greater Kansas City FTC regional competition,” said Paul Borchardt, regional director of Kansas City FIRST. “ Due to this type of community support, FIRST Tech Challenge will join FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Jr. LEGO League, and FIRST Robotics Competition as official programs in Greater Kansas City. The FTC Robotics competition provides an opportunity for students to apply real-world math and science, develop strategic problem solving, organizational, and team-building skills. FTC is the fastest-growing FIRST program. Last year, more than 1,000 teams participated nationwide. Participation is expected to be even greater this year.