KC STEM Alliance supports FIRST Kansas City in three important ways:
KC STEM Alliance manages, executes, staffs and covers all costs associated with Kansas City Regional FIRST tournaments, events and competitions, including:
FIRST LEGO League Jr.: A stand-alone Expo, numerous Expos and Showcases at FIRST or STEM outreach events and How to Start a Team workshops.
FIRST LEGO League: Regional qualifying tournaments, a regional championship, How to Start a Team workshops and a Coaches Workshop.
FIRST Tech Challenge: FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff, Quick Build and team workshops; meets and qualifiers.
FIRST Robotics Competition: FIRST Robotics kickoff and quick build, regional FIRST Robotics Competition tournaments and events, and support for team-hosted trainings.
KC STEM Alliance raises funds to cover KC FIRST staff including the FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Director, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. Partner, FIRST Tech Challenge Local Director and FIRST Volunteer Coordinators.
KC STEM Alliance awards grants directly to teams to assist with operating budgets, travel and expenses.