More than 1,000 high school students recognized during
 Kansas City Robotics Competition

More than 1,000 high school students recognized during
 Kansas City Robotics Competition

Teams from Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, Independence and Warrensburg
Advance to World Championships in St. Louis Next Month

WinningAllianceKansas City, MO (March 14, 2016)–Attended by thousands of fans, families, educators and industry leaders, the Kansas City Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition awarded several teams with honors that rewarded design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and effective partnerships between schools, businesses and communities. At the event, which took place March 11-12 at Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology campus, 59 high school student teams competed to earn a spot at theFIRST Championship April 27-30 in St. Louis, Mo.

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.

“Each team clearly demonstrated teamwork, professionalism and strategic thinking in solving the competition’s challenges,” said Martha McCabe, executive director of KC STEM Alliance, which funds and staffs the Kansas City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. “It’s amazing to see how these students infuse others with their enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math. With the sustained support of the Kansas City community, this robotics competition will continue to grow and inspire students to study in the STEM fields.”

Students participating in FIRST are eligible to apply for more than $25 million dollars in scholarships from leading universities, colleges and companies. Scholarship announcements are made at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis. Since its beginning, FIRST has significantly improved students’ attitudes toward math, science and teamwork. Students who participate show increased interest in pursuing internship and employment opportunities in science and engineering, especially with companies that are involved with FIRST.

Winners of the FIRST Robotics Competition 2016 Kansas City Regional Awards include:

Regional Chairman’s Award**
(highest award of the competition)
Team 1764, Liberty/Liberty North High Schools
Engineering Inspiration Award**
(second highest award of competition)
Team 1939, The Barstow School, Kansas City
Woodie Flowers Finalist AwardTeam 1939’s Andrew Shimamoto
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year AwardScott Goering
Regional Champion**Team 1986, Lee’s Summit West; Team 1775,
Lincoln College Prep, Kansas City MO Public
Schools; Team 4455, Warrensburg High School
Regional FinalistsTeam 1987, Lee’s Summit North; Team 935,Newton, Kansas; Team 1806, Smithville High
Team Spirit AwardTeam 2357, Raymore-Peculiar High School
Excellence in Engineering AwardTeam 1775, Lincoln College Prep, KCMO
Industrial Design AwardTeam 1986, Lee’s Summit West High School
Gracious Professionalism AwardTeam 1108, Paola, Kansas
Entrepreneurship AwardTeam 1987, Lee’s Summit North High School
Quality AwardTeam 5730, Monet High School
Innovation in Control AwardTeam 1806, Smithville High School
Creativity AwardTeam 2335, Shawnee Mission East High School
Highest Rookie Seed AwardTeam 5801, Fort Osage CTC
Imagery AwardTeam 1810, Mill Valley High School
Industrial Safety AwardTeam 1987, Lee’s Summit North Highs School
Rookie All-Star Award**
(highest rookie award)
Team 5801, Fort Osage CTC
Rookie Inspiration AwardTeam 5968, Manhattan, Kansas
Judges’ AwardTeam 1730, Lee’s Summit

*The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award of the event and recognizes the team that embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and best represents a model for other teams to emulate.

**Denotes awards that qualify teams for FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo.

About KC STEM Alliance
KC STEM Alliance is a collaborative network of educators, business partners and organizations working to generate a robust workforce of professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for the greater Kansas City region. KC STEM Alliance staff members are the regional representatives for FIRST Robotics and FIRST LEGO LEAGUE for Western Missouri and Kansas.

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $25 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO®League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO®League Jr. for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism®is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to