March Madness with robots


100 Years, 100 Stories

MCC had a chance to engage with the region’s next generation of engineers, scientists, and innovators as the College hosted the First Robotics annual competition at the MCC-Business Technology Campus.

More than 1,000 high school students representing 54 teams from around the Kansas City region and surrounding states had the opportunity to showcase their original robots.  Teams had just six weeks to build a robot to compete using a kit of parts and a standard set of rules provided by FIRST.

Once these young inventors created the robots, working side-by-side with professional engineering mentors, teachers and coaches, the regional competition measures the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

The action-packed, fast-paced matches between student-operated robots was dynamic to watch.

Participating FIRST students are eligible to apply for more than $19 million in scholarships from 150 scholarship providers.

About FIRST®
  Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $19 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more visit

KC STEM Alliance supports local schools and the community by assisting in the implementation of FIRST programs through KC FIRST. To learn more visit 


For a behind-the-scenes look one team’s preparation for the 2015 robotics competition, click here.