Greater KC FIRST Robotics Competition coming to MCC-BT

FIRST logoOne of the Midwest’s largest robotics tournaments will take place March 14 and 15 at MCC-Business & Technology.  The Greater Kansas City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will featuring more than 1,1o0 high school students representing 57 FIRST Robotics teams from the Kansas City area.

Dubbed the Varsity Sport for the Mind, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. With professional mentors, but no blueprints to guide them, student teams build and program robots to solve problems and perform prescribed tasks using a standard kit of parts and a common set of rules. Bound by a six-week time frame, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team brand and hone teamwork skills as they work to unleash their robots against a field of competitors. In the Kansas City FRC region, more than 50 high school teams work with Kansas City area mentors to design and build robots, and to discover the skills and education they need to pursue STEM-based careers in our region.

Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 9.18.54 AMThe game, rules, and competition field change each year.  To win the competition this year, called Aerial Assist, robots assist each other to move 24-inch game balls down the field and into low or high goals to score. The more the robots assist each other, the higher their bonus points will be.  Click the screenshot above to see a game animation.

This is the first year the Greater Kansas City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition has been hosted by MCC-Business & Technology.  March 13 will be a set-up day for FIRST teams with competitions taking place March 14 and 15.

The public, and especially MCC employees, are encouraged to attend  March 14 and 15.  If you would like to volunteer, visit – http://www.usfirst.org/community/volunteers/volunteer-roles.