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 – FIRST in Missouri, 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 in Missouri ( and local FIRST Tech Challenge Coordinator Phil Wood.  Also be sure to follow us on Facebook at KansasCityFIRST!



This Season's Challenge

In the CENTERSTAGESM presented by Raytheon Technologies challenge, FIRST® Tech Challenge teams will raise the curtain on the power of design, creativity and precision to create all new experiences.

This Season's Documents

CENTER STAGE Season Materials (available in September)

    • Game materials such as field piece assembly and field dimensions
    • Challenge information and rules
    • Robot Building Resources
    • Programming Resources

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 by Sept. 15, 2023.


Season Kickoff & Training in Kansas City

The CENTERSTAGE SM season starts with the game reveal on Saturday, September 9, at the Kansas City Engineering Zone, 4825 Troost, Kansas City, MO.

The schedule:

9:30 a.m. Sign in

10 a.m. MO/KS video and KC League status

11 a.m. FIRST season kick off and game reveal

Noon: Field reveal and giveaway

League Play + Advancement in the Kansas City Area

League Meets

We implemented the League model of competition for Missouri and Kansas teams with geography in mind. Team counts will determine the number of Leagues.

Leagues (replace Conferences)

      • The number of teams in a League is to be determined
      • Each League will offer multiple Meets so that teams have flexibility on dates
      • You want to play in at least 2 Meets so that you have your top 10 match scores to carry into the League Championship

League Meet Schedule

East League

November 11, 2023 – F.L. Schlagle High School, Kansas City, Kansas

December 2, 2023 – East Trail Middle School, Lee’s Summit

December 16, 2023 – Lawson High School, Lawson

January 13, 2024 – Warrensburg High School

West League

November 11, 2023 – F.L. Schlagle High School, Kansas City, Kansas

November 18, 2023 – Gardner/Edgerton High School

December 2, 2023 – East Trail Middle School, Lee’s Summit

December 9, 2023 – Heritage Christian School, Olathe

Championship Schedule

League Championships

League Championships are the qualifying event to advancement.

  • Teams will carry their top 10 match scores into the League Tournament
  • The number of teams that will advance from each League Tournament is to be determined

East Championship: January 27, 2024 – Staley High School 

West Championship: February 10, 2024 – Piper High School

Missouri/Kansas State Championship

TBD – Rolla, Mo.

Registration for League Play

Registration for league events in Missouri or Kansas takes place through the FIRST Tech Challenge Partner.

Register here.

Title League Results

Visit the FIRST Tech Challenge Event Results site for MO State Championship results.

Off Season Opportunities

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

If you would like to participate in a off-season or 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  We also have space at the KC Engineering Zone for Open Fields or other STEM outreach events. Send us a note at to find out more.


Missouri/Kansas Specific

Wider Scope

FAQs and Calendar

How does a team get to State?

Teams advance to the state championship through their League Championship.

Upcoming FIRST Tech Challenge Events