What is the relationship between US FIRST and KC FIRST
KC FIRST is a US FIRST affiliate partner for three of the four FIRST programs: Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL), FIRST LEGO League (FLL), and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). KC FIRST is a Qualifier site host for FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC).
As an affiliate partner, KC FIRST has the rights to run and manage the FIRST program in the Kansas City region and must uphold the requirements for the programs as set by the US FIRST headquarters. KC FIRST is similar to a regional franchise owner for US FIRST. The programs are administered through the US FIRST headquarters in New Hampshire through a structure of regions for each program. Kansas City and likewise KC FIRST is the regional head for the three programs mentioned above.
For FTC, the regional head is in St. Louis and the affiliate partner is Susie Mathieu. In Kansas City, KC FIRST runs a qualification tournament located at Swinney Rec on the UMKC campus under the guidance of the affiliate partner in St. Louis.
The KC FIRST Members who are affiliate partners for each program are:
FRC: Robert Dumler
FLL: Gretchen Neis
JFLL: Gretchen Neis