FIRST Robotics Competition Team Portal

Is your team nationally registered and paid? 
This is where you’ll find details about this season’s challenge and events happening in the Western Missouri/Kansas region. Your local contact is FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Partner Robert Dumler.

Robert works alongside KC STEM Alliance staff and the FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Planning Committee of key volunteers and regional tournament hosts to plan regional competitions and events.

Along with the information posted here, coaches will receive official email updates during the season. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook at KansasCityFIRST!

SEASON INFORMATION

This Season's Challenge

This 2020-2021 season, FIRST® RISE, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, sets out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the Force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth. Together, we RISE.

While this season will look different, FIRST is confident that the new team-based opportunities will allow participants to have a fulfilling season!

This Season's Documents

This season’s challenge is INFINITE RECHARGE.

2021 Game and Season Manual

Dimensions and 3D models of the playing field.  (This link will be updated when INFINITE RECHARGE field information is available.)

This Season's Updates

The FIRST Robotics Competition registration will open assuming a season experience with no in-person game play. This means that we will neither include events with team registration nor publish an event schedule. We will continue to monitor conditions and reevaluate the possibility of adding in-person game play events in January.

For the 2021 season, teams have the option to engage in several ways: a Game Design Challenge, INFINITE RECHARGE at Home, FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm, and traditional submitted awards. Teams will have the option to engage in as many of the challenges as they choose. Specific rules for each of these challenges  will be released at Kickoff on January 9, 2021.

Keep up-to-date using the links below:

This Season's Grant Opportunities

Grants are available nationally and locally, including:

FIRST national FRC grants

KC STEM Alliance grants for teams in a six-county area:

  • Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas
  • Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass counties in Missouri
  • Grants are awarded to teams with underserved populations, younger teams, teams new to fundraising and teams doing fantastic outreach.
  • More info coming soon.
  • Deadline for application is TBD.

REGIONAL AND OTHER EVENT INFORMATION

Kickoff for our Region

Regional Kickoff  Event Info

This season’s kickoff will be held remotely on January 9, 2021. Your kit of parts will be mailed to your team at the address on file with FIRST.

Questions? Contact Robert Dumler.

For more details about the global game reveal: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/kickoff

Game Design Challenge

Game Design Challenge

The Game Design Challenge is an opportunity for teams to design a game that could potentially be played by FIRST Robotics Competition teams. Each team will create one game design concept. Teams must submit either a written document or a slide deck to be eligible. Teams are expected to develop as complete a game as possible, while at the same time creating a succinct presentation for judges to evaluate. Full details, including requirements and restrictions, will be released at Kickoff.

For more information about the season see the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition Season Details.

INFINITE RECHARGE at Home

INFINITE RECHARGE at Home

INFINITE RECHARGE at Home brings components of events to you in two ways:

  • Teams show off what their robots and drivers can do in skills challenges based on the INFINITE RECHARGE game. Scores are posted, and teams virtually compete against other teams.
  • Teams illustrate their robot’s technical qualities by sharing information with judges remotely in competition for traditional machine awards. Access to your team’s INFINITE RECHARGE robot is not required.

For more information see the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition Season Details.

FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm

FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm

In the FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm, registered teams will identify a real-world problem related to this season’s theme FIRST GAME CHANGERS, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, design a solution, build a business model, and deliver a pitch to compete with other FIRST Robotics Competition teams for judged awards. This new challenge will have an advancement track, culminating in the Global Innovation Awards, a multi-day experience where students showcase their innovations, participate in workshops and receive mentorship from experts.

For more information see the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition Season Details.

Registration for Regionals

Your annual team registration fee to FIRST covers your kits of parts and participation in each of the challenges for this season. Team registration is open now.

At this time there are no Regional Tournaments scheduled. We will continue to monitor the trajectory of COVID-19 and reevaluate the feasibility of in-person events in January 2021.

Season kick off is Jan. 9, 2021.

For more: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/calendar

Regional Cancellation Policy

There are no Regional tournaments scheduled at this time.

Please refer to the FIRST Robotics Competition Refund Policy here:  https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/pricing-and-payment

Because cancellations would be made after the team receives its kit of parts, FIRST Robotics Competition Refund Policy does not refund the annual team registration fee.

Off Season Opportunities

Check the Calendar and the tab under NEWS for Team News & Events.

World Championship and other out of region events

The number of teams that will advance from the FIRST Western MO/KS region to the FIRST Championship in Houston, TX is to be determined. The FIRST Championship has been rescheduled to mid-July 2021. More information about the FIRST Championship can be found here.

FAQs and Calendar

What is FIRST Choice and how can our team benefit?

FIRST Choice enables your team to use credits to get more parts for your robot.  Learn more here about what your Kit of Parts benefit gets you including FIRST Choice.

More information:  2021 Kit of Parts Information

Is there an FRC Coach Meeting?

Yes, the FRC Coach Meeting and Roundtable will be held on 10/22/2020 for regional coaches.

Links to what was presented and notes will be shared after the events.

Upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition Events