The KC STEM Alliance, which partners with school districts in the Greater Kansas City area and higher education institutions, formed in 2011 in recognition of the ever-growing demand for highly skilled professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to work in today's technically advanced world.

The KC STEM Alliance was established with a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and support from area employers.

By leveraging the strengths of educators, STEM organizations, and industry leaders, the KC STEM Alliance is building a collaborative network to encourage and sustain student interest in STEM careers and, in turn, cultivate a workforce prepared to meet the challenges of our community's future. The KC STEM Alliance unites and connects Kansas City area resources, serving as a communication hub and source of vital STEM-related information.

The KC STEM Alliance supports and provides program management for two nationally recognized STEM programs, Project Lead The Way® and US FIRST®. The Kauffman Foundation played a major role in introducing both programs to the Kansas City community in the past decade.

Project Lead The Way® (PLTW)
The leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education for middle and high school students, Project Lead The Way is a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study including engineering technology, civil engineering, and biomedical science, and provides a foundation for college and career success in STEM-related fields. To learn more, visit

US FIRST® is a national program that partners locally with companies and schools to create challenging afterschool activities that give students ages 6-18 an exciting platform for discovering career opportunities in STEM. The US FIRST family of programs comprises four robotics-based competitions – FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), FIRST LEGO® League (FLL), and Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL). As student participants build their STEM knowledge and skills, they gain self confidence, develop people and life skills, make friends and, perhaps, discover an unforeseen career path. To learn more, visit

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