Today, we were bound for the Denver FIRST robotics regional at Denver University’s Ritchie Center.  Forty-eight teams from several states will meet to take on the challenge of this years game, FIRST Stronghold.  Twelve students and ten mentors, along with some parents, were hoping to arrive tonight to set-up our robot pit and to relax at our hotel before tomorrow’s practice day, but the fickle March weather had different plans dumping snow across Denver and the eastern plains.  With the high winds and snow, blizzard conditions led to the closure of Interstate 70 from Denver to the Kansas border.  After several hours of driving, our team was faced with the decision of how to proceed and have chosen to stay the night in Goodland, Kansas, and then proceed to competition in the morning.

We hope to get an early start and arrive in time to load-in the robot and equipment, and to get to work making some last minute repairs and modifications before having time on the practice field.  Snow across the region has affected many FIRST teams and volunteers.  Some teams were stranded waiting at airports, as the Denver airport was closed to all flights.  The regional asked for other volunteers to help with field set-up, as other committed mentors could not reach the venue.  The venue, the Ritchie Center, is located at the University of Denver, who cancelled classes today.  We expect that the regional will proceed normally, with a delay tomorrow as teams make their way in.

We are excited to meet and compete with the FIRST teams from Colorado and other states and hope they all have safe travels.  Many have already competed at other regionals, so the competition should be refined.  We are looking forward to working with other teams, sharing the knowledge, experience, and team spirit that 1108 is known for with the Denver regional.

To keep up with the team, be sure to follow updates on our social media sites (below).  For the Denver regional the events, possible webcast, and results are posted at  On Twitter, look for the #coloradofrc tag or follow the Bionic Tigers’ (Team 1592) twitter list to keep up with the regional.



Competition Week – Kansas City

This week, the Greater Kansas City Regional, takes place at the MCC Business & Technology Campus (see map and info below).  Panther Robotics will be competing among 60 mostly regional teams with our robot, Sir Launch-A-Lot.  Our robot is capable of driving over the most challenging obstacles, then picking up and launching boulders at our competitor’s castle.  We are looking forward to competing, and hope to scale the castle wall and to score many points in order to compete in the elimination tournament.


Sir Launch-A-Lot 

Our Chairman’s team has been preparing to share our story of how our team has fostered the FIRST mission of inspiring students to technical career and inspiring people to support STEM education in our community and students.  At competition we will meet other students, teams, volunteers, and visiting public, and we get to share not only our robot, but our passion for our team in fun ways with “I LOVE ROBOTS” pins, our scrapbook of pictures of our year, our medieval standard (flag) showing our panthers, pit decorations, costumes, and cheering supplies.  We really  go all out for this three day celebration of ingenuity.  We welcome anybody to come and visit us, especially future FIRSTers, and see our robot in our pit and cheer on all the teams.

Competition Info:

Friday and Saturday (March 11th and 12nd) are best for visitors to watch competitions. The opening ceremony is Friday at 8 am, followed by matches until noon and from 1-6 pm. On Saturday matches continue between 8-12 am. After lunch (1:30 pm), the best teams compete in a elimination tournament. We hope to compete, but only the top 24 teams (out of 60) compete, so if specifically wanting to see one of our matches come earlier, but the finals are the most exciting part. The closing and award ceremony follow, ending at 6 pm.

Address: MCC Business & Technology Campus, 1755 Universal Ave, KC, MO 64210

For those not able to come, you can follow online through a video stream of the regional. These are located at The Blue Alliance, and the Kansas City Regional is at this link: or one the main site: For more information you can visit