37 teams (around 500 students) from the Kansas City region put their robots to the test during the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifying tournament on Saturday, Jan. 24. Hosted by UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering in partnership with the KC STEM Alliance, the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition allows students in grades 7-12 to apply real-world math and science principles while developing strategic problem-solving, organizational and team-building skills. Students use a robot kit, which is reusable from year-to-year, and is programmed using a variety of languages.
SCE is proud to have contributed, along with several other UMKC schools, departments, and institutes, to UMKC earning Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. Outreach programs, such as the KC STEM Alliance, administered by the School of Computing and Engineering have involved thousands of local K-12 students each year in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs such as robotics, bridge building, computer coding and software development. According to the UMatters article, UMKC Earns Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, we are one of only 83 colleges and universities to receive the honor for the first time in 2015.