School of Computing and Engineering

School of Computing and Engineering


FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, an inventor and tireless advocate for science and technology. His determination to help young people discover the rewards of STEM education and careers is the cornerstone of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Each FIRST season culminates in an international robotics competition and celebration where teams from around the globe win recognition, gain self-confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path.

The Mission of FIRST

Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

About FIRST Tech Challenge

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Students Get To:
  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Earn a place in the World Championship
  • Qualify for over $10.4 million in college scholarships

Event Information

FTC Kick-Off Event - Saturday, Sept. 7th, 2013

  • Location: MCC Business & Technology Campus, Conference Annex Building, 1775 Universal Ave., KC, MO 64120
  • Time: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

FTC Coaches Workshop - Saturday, Oct 5th, 2013

  • Location: MCC Business & Technology Campus, Conference Annex Building, 1775 Universal Ave., KC, MO 64120
  • Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

FTC Kansas City Qualifier - Saturday, Feb. 1st, 2014

  • Location: UMKC Swinney Recreation Center
  • Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm