FIRST Tech Challenge Team Portal

Is your team paid and nationally registered in the Kansas/Missouri Region?
This is where you’ll find details about this season’s challenge and events happening in the Kansas City area. Your local contact is FIRST Tech Challenge Coordinator Phil Wood.

FIRST Tech Challenge’s structure differs from the other FIRST programs. Greater Kansas City and surrounding areas fall under the direction of the Missouri/Kansas FIRST Tech Challenge partner in St. Louis, with KC STEM Alliance providing boots-on-the-ground support and a dedicated group of volunteers who meet year-round to prepare for the local competition season.

The FIRST Tech Challenge Partner for Missouri and Kansas website has the most up-to-date region-wide information. Coaches will receive official emails from both FIRST Tech Challenge-Missouri (ftc@stlfirst.org) and local FIRST Tech Challenge Coordinator Phil Wood.  Also be sure to follow us on Facebook at KansasCityFIRST!

 

SEASON INFO

This Season's Challenge

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Congratulations! Your team registration means you’ve joined a community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together. You have the power to help the cities, towns, and places you call home reach new heights. With the support of the FIRST community, this is your opportunity to lead our future forward—and up.

This Season's Documents

SKYSTONE Documents

    • Game materials such as field piece assembly and field dimensions (available 9/7/19)
    • Challenge information and rules (available 9/7/19)
    • Robot Building Resources
    • Programming Resources

This Season's Updates

Use these sites to stay up to date throughout the season:

This Season's Grant Opportunities

FIRST offers grants to teams in their first season:

KC STEM Alliance offers 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.
  • Learn more and apply here.
  • Deadline for application is 9/11/19.

See other grant opportunities for Kansas and Missouri teams under Grant Opportunities in Season Info section of our FTC Partner website.

EVENT INFORMATION

Season Kickoff & Training in Kansas City

The SKYSTONESM season starts with the game reveal on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Come to the Kansas City Kickoff Event to:

  • Have fun and meet other teams
  • Learn about the MO/KS competition structure: Meets, Qualifiers, Conference Qualifiers, advancement numbers;
  • See the game release video early (shh!)
  • See the SKYSTONE field reveal
  • Get a FREE field element (one per team)
  • Learn about additional workshops

Click here for more details.

Register Here

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Team Training: September 21, 2019

Key volunteers and teams will deliver some great sessions during this workshop.

Check the schedule of sessions here: 2019 Training Schedule

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.
Sessions run 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location: KC Engineering Zone, 4825 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110

Check here for registration and more info.

Meets & Qualifiers in the Kansas City Area

Meets

The following Meets are scheduled in the Kansas City area during the 2019-20 season.  Note: Meets are subject to registration numbers and may be cancelled if low registration.  See the Calendar for the latest information on Meets (Calendar can be filtered by FTC).  All Meet days will have two meets, one held in the morning and one held in the evening.

Nov 2: Notre Dame de Sion

Nov 9: Heritage Christian Academy

Nov 16: Center High School

Dec 7: KC Engineering Zone, hosted by Cobalt Colts and Astromechs

Jan 18: St. Teresa’s Academy

Jan 25: Lee’s Summit High School

Meets are short, robot play-only events that help teams with their iterative design process.

  • 12 teams play five matches each (no judging or alliances)
  • Meets are approximately 4 hours long; great for after school events or quick weekend events
  • Your team fee covers up to two meets, but participation is optional.
  • Choose from any of the meets listed, not limited to geographic area (we don’t play League model)
  • Ranking Points and Tie Breaker Points are used to determine ranking within Conferences (NW, SW, NE or SE)
  • Top ranked teams advance to Conference Qualifier.
  • Note: Teams are required to play in a Qualifier in order to advance through the Meet System.

Note: In the Kansas City area, all of our Meet days include two independent Meets that can be registered for independently.  Time frames are:

  • Meet one – 8am-noon
  • Meet two – 1pm-5pm

Qualifiers

The following Qualifiers are scheduled in the Kansas City area during the 2019-20 season. Note: Qualifiers are subject to registration numbers and may be cancelled if low registration. See the Calendar for the latest information on Qualifiers (Calendar can be filtered by FTC).

Dec 14: Pleasant Lea Middle School (Lee’s Summit)

Jan 11: Yeokum Center of Innovation (Belton)

Feb 1: Potential Qualifier TBD

Feb 8: Potential Make-up Date if cancellation occurs

Feb 15: Western Conference Qualifier at Blue Springs High School (must qualify through Meets)

Qualifiers are a complete competition day, including judging, qualifying rounds, alliance selections and awards.

  • Qualifiers advance teams directly to the Missouri Championship.
  • All MO/KS teams are required to attend a qualifier if they wish to advance via the meet system.
  • Registration will be through MO/KS systems–not through your dashboard.

This site offers detailed information about meets and qualifiers in the MO/KS region.

Registration for Meets & Qualifiers

Registration for all meets and qualifiers in Missouri or Kansas takes place through the FIRST Tech Challenge Partner.  Please refer to http://stlfirst.org/ftc-team-portal-page under Competition Outline and the tab for Registration Fees and Event Selection Process to register.

Meets & Qualifiers Cancellation Policy

Please refer to http://stlfirst.org/ftc-team-portal-page under Competition Outline and the tab for Event Cancellation Policy.

Meet & Qualifier Results

See results from all Missouri and Kansas FIRST Tech Challenge tournaments on the Missouri FTC Scores site.

Off Season Opportunities

Watch the Events Calendar and Team News & Events page for events as they come up.

If you would like to host an off-season event or participate in a STEM outreach event, we may be able to help.  We can rent or loan items—from kits and parts to field components—to help teams and organizations in the area with STEM outreach and to make FIRST more widely known and accessible to all.

Please complete the Equipment Agreement Form and email to kcstem@kcstem.org.  We also have space at the KC Engineering Zone for Open Fields or other STEM outreach events. Send us a note at kcstem@kcstem.org to find out more.

Out-of-Region Events (e.g., State, Worlds)

The FIRST Tech Challenge Missouri/Kansas partner hosts a 48 team dual division State Championship on the campus of Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mo.

Teams advance to the State Championship directly from a qualifier or through meets and Conference Qualifier play.

Registration cost is $150.

Approximately nine teams will advance from the Missouri Championship to the FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas, running April 15-18, 2020. Learn more about the FIRST Championship.

QUICK LINKS

Missouri/Kansas Specific

Wider Scope

EVENTS FAQ

How does a team get to State?

Teams advance to the state championship through one of two paths.  A) The team competes in one of the qualifiers during the season, the top teams from these competitions will advance to the state championship.  B) The team plays in Meets and the top teams (using Ranking Point and Tie Breaker Points) are invited to participate in the Western Conference Qualifier.  The top teams from this Qualifier will advance to the state championship.   The advancement criterion is the same at all FTC qualifiers.

Upcoming FIRST Tech Challenge Events

Sep 07

FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff

September 7 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Sep 21

FIRST Tech Challenge Training Camp

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Oct 28
Nov 02

FIRST Tech Challenge Meets (De Sion)

November 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nov 09

FIRST Tech Challenge Meets (Heritage Christian)

November 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm