KC region teams head to international FIRST Championship in Houston

Executives and staff from MRIGlobal toast students from the Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts as they prepare for their first trip to the FIRST Championship in Houston. The team, which builds at the KC Engineering Zone, is sending four members along with four mentors/staff from MRIGlobal. MRIGlobal has sponsored the team since its inception in 2006.

The Kansas City region will be well represented at the FIRST Championship in Houston April 18-21 with 16 FIRST Robotics Competition teams, two FIRST Tech Challenge teams, one FIRST LEGO League team and one FIRST LEGO League Jr. team joining thousands of other students on the world stage.

With all the heart-pounding thrills and team spirit of a professional sporting event, FIRST uses robotics as the backbone for the “only sport where every kid can go pro.” Guided by mentors and STEM professionals, and supported by FIRST sponsors, FIRST teams inspire kids in grades K-12 to explore the innovation process and build STEM and digital-literacy skills.

FIRST LEGO League & FLL Jr.

Faith Academy’s Faith First team of Kansas City will represent FIRST LEGO League Jr., with Lawrence’s Team Green Hole representing FIRST LEGO League.

FIRST Tech Challenge

Team 6547 CAPS Cobalt Colts of the Blue Valley CAPS program in Overland Park and the Astromechs will represent FIRST Tech Challenge.

FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST Robotics Competition teams from the KC region include:

1710 Olathe Northwest High School Olathe, KS
1723 William Chrisman High & Truman High & Van Horn High Independence, MO
1730 Lee’s Summit High Lees Summit, MO
1763 Paseo Academy of Performing Arts Kansas City, MO
1769 J C Harmon High Kansas City, KS
1775 Lincoln College Prep Academy Kansas City, MO
1806 Smithville High Smithville, MO
1810 Mill Valley High School Shawnee, KS
1939 THE BARSTOW SCHOOL Kansas City, MO
1982 Shawnee Mission Northwest High Shawnee, KS
1984 Shawnee Mission South High Overland Park, KS
1986 Lee’s Summit West High Lees Summit, MO
5098 North Kansas City High Kansas City, MO
5801 Ft. Osage-Career & Tech Center Independence, MO
5809 Rockhurst High School Kansas City, MO

You can track the action on social media by following #FIRSTChamp or catch the action live at https://www.firstchampionship.org/watch-live