Greater KC Regional FIRST Robotics Competition sends six local teams to Houston

Six local high school robotics teams earned slots at the international FIRST Championships, April 15-18 in Houston, during the Greater Kansas City Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition on Feb. 29-March 1 at Lee’s Summit North High School. This year’s competition featured 36 teams.

Attended by fans, families, educators and industry leaders, the competition also awarded several teams with honors for design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and partnerships between schools, businesses and communities.

With the hope of winning one of the several coveted awards, high school students worked with professional mentors to design and build a robot over a six-week period using a kit of parts and a standard set of rules.

The regional advancing teams include teams in the Regional Winning Alliance ( Team 1982-Cougar Robotics from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School) and teams earning wild card slots: Team 2357-System Meltdown from Peculiar, Mo., Team 1986-Team Titanium from Lee’s Summit West High School and Team 4522 Team Scream from Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia.

Awards List

Regional Chairman’s Award** (highest award of the competition, also advances to Worlds): 3284 Camdenton LASER, Camdenton, Mo.

Engineering Inspiration Award** (second highest award of competition, also advances to Worlds) Team 3928, Team Neutrino, Ames, Iowa

Regional Winning Alliance:



Team 1982-Cougar Robotics from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School advances to Worlds as part of the Winners Alliance, which also included Team 3928 Team Neutrino, a 4-H team from Ames, Iowa; and Team 4499-The Highlanders from Fort Collins, Colo.

Regional Finalist Alliance:

  • Team 1986-Team Titanium, Lee’s Summit West High School, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  • Team 2357 System Meltdown, Raymore-Peculiar High School, Peculiar, Mo.
  • Team 4522-Team Scream, Smith-Cotton High School, Sedalia, Mo.


Team Spirit Award: Team 5119-Team STEAM, Lawrence, Kan.

Industrial Design Award: Team 1764-Liberty Robotics, Liberty and Liberty North High Schools, Liberty, MO

Gracious Professionalism Award: Team 1108-Panther Robotics, Paola, Kan.

Entrepreneurship Award: Team 1710-Ravonics Robotics, Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe, Kan.

Quality Award: Team 1987-The Broncobots, Lee’s Summit North High School, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Creativity Award: Team 525-Swartdogs, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Excellence in Engineering Award: Team 1986-Team Titanium, Lee’s Summit West High School, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Imagery Award: Team 1939-The KUHNIGITS, The Barstow School, Kansas City, Mo.

Safety Award: Team 3284-Camdenton LASER, Camdenton, Mo.

Innovation in Control Award: Team 4499-Highlanders, Fort Collins, Colo.

Judges’ Award: Team 2723-Team Rocket, Oklahoma City, Okla.

FIRST Dean’s List Award: Cole Creek of Team 1764-Liberty Robotics and Brooke Cunningham, Team 1710-Olathe Northwest

Dean's List winners Brooke Cunningham and Cole Creek

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award

Also receiving recognition was Woodie Flowers Finalist Award winner Charles Maples, mentor for Team 1710. This award is presented to a mentor who best leads, inspires, teaches and empowers their team using excellent communication skills.