CTC Inspire

Our story

      Spearheaded by an enthusiastic assistant superintendent, a willing director, and two teachers that didn’t know any better, the CTC Robotics team was started in the Spring of 2015. With help from other local teams and FIRST regional mentors the team registered in the system as rookies with the Fort Osage School District as our home school. The team is housed and run at the The Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage, the CTC receives students from 5 high schools for 14 different programs. These schools include Fort Osage High School, Blue Springs High School, Blue Springs South High School, Grain Valley High School, and Oak Grove High School. The robotics team is open to any student that attends the CTC (11 & 12th) or Fort Osage High School (9-12th).

      As we began our rookie season in the 2016 year we were very excited to participate in the Stronghold competition. The team was a small group of very persistent, intellectual, and determined students who were excited to compete in robotics competitions. This was a team made up of all first year FIRST members; everyone had little to no experience with being on a robotics team before. The team started with 20 members; 14 boys and 6 girls.

     We still hold true to the spark of our first season - the team is excited to learn more about FIRST’s mission. The students of the CTC Inspire team already value STEM skills and are eager to build self-confidence, communication and leadership skills.


      During the 2016 Stronghold competition season the team won two awards at the Greater Kansas City Regional. The team won the Highest Seed Rookie award and the Rookie All Star award. There were three other rookie teams at the event with a total of 59 teams competing. Our team placed 14th of 59. We were selected by the 8th seed alliance (#5098 - Sting-R, #2457 - The Law) to participate in the final competition where we faced off with the 1st seed alliance. This experience was amazing for our students and Rookie All Star gave us the opportunity to compete at Championships in St. Louis in April, 2016.

First Year Roster:

       Students that completed the first season with the team were:

Sheridan Beckenbach, Orion Radford, Oghenbrorhie Ighoviywi, Artie Johnson, Gage Bergschneider, Jon Calvert, Doug McIntosh, Tim Barnett, Mason O’Brien, Megan Elsloo, Amber Stewart, Alex Johnson, Lewis Chastain, Alex Hill, Nickoli Robinson and Eluid Lisboa.


Year Four - 2019

  • Game: Deep Space

  • Competitions:

  • Heartland Regional

  • Greater Kansas City Regional

Year Three - 2018

  • Game: PowerUp

  • Competitions:

  • Greater Kansas City Regional: (Rank 10 out of 43)

    • Awards/Accomplishments:

    • 7th seed Alliance Captains

    • Regional Finalists

    • Wildcard

  • Oklahoma City Regional: (Rank 25 out of 63)

    • Awards/Accomplishments:

    • 3rd robot selected by 6th seed alliance

    • Eliminated in quarterfinals

  • Championship: (Rank 46 out of 68)

  • Off-season events:

    • Declined Invitation to Missouri State Championship (Rank 20 out of 73)

    • Cow Town ThrowDown

Year Two - 2017

  • Game: SteamWorks

  • Competitions:

  • Greater Kansas City Regional: (Rank 33 out of 60)

    • Awards/Accomplishments:

    • 3rd team on winning alliance for event (Winners)

  • Minnesota North Star Regional: (Rank 3 out of 60)

    • Awards/Accomplishments:

    • *First time as an alliance captain

    • Quarter Finalist

  • Championship: 6-4-0 (Rank 13 out of 75)

  • Off- season events:

    • Missouri State Championship (Rank 9 out of 73)

      • Semi - Finalists

    • Cow Town ThrowDown

Year One - Rookies, 2016

  • Game: Stronghold

  • Competitions:

  • Greater Kansas City Regional: 7-5-0 (Rank 14 out of 59)

    • Awards/Accomplishments:

    • Highest Seed Rookie

    • Rookie All Stars

  • Championship: 4-6-0 (Rank 57 out of 75)

  • Off- season events:

    • Missouri State Championship (Rank 22 out of 73)

      • Semi-Finalists

    • Cow Town ThrowDown: 6-5-0 Rank 9 out of 49

      • Quarter-Finalists