About the Team

We are a FIRST Robotics League Team based at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School (SMNW). Our team has existed for around since 2007 and our mentors have supported us almost every step of the way. For a list of our mentors, visit the link below.

We are the Shawnee Mission NW Cougars- FIRST Robotics League Team 1982

As the Northwest Cougar Robotics, our goal is to promote education in the fields of Science and Technology. By encouraging students to participate in constructing and programming robots, the team provides knowledge as well as experience. With the help of mentors, students learn first-hand the schematics behind many engineering careers. And this is why we, as a whole, help contribute to our community; through the influence of the younger generations.

– SMNW Cougar Robotics Team 1982 Mission Statement 

Team Divisions
Team Divisions

Our team is structured of many members, each with unique strengths and ideas. From surveyed interests, members are voluntarily specialized in corresponding groups. See more info about our sub teams below.

Team History
Team History

Cougar Robotics est. 2007 has endured many of FIRST’s challenges. Each event is documented to show our progress as a team and to improve from unique experiences.

Regional Competition
Regional Competition

We compete annually in the Greater Kansas City (KC) Regional FRC, a competition involving almost sixty teams over the span of three days.

Our Mission Through FIRST

Cougar Robotics is a student-driven team with one mission: to promote sciencetechnologyengineering and mathematics in the community.  The group’s vision is a society where innovation is celebrated and commands a greater respect in the minds of the youth.  In the fields of engineering and math, the United States will need approximately 24 million graduates by 2018, and the current educational system is geared to provide only 19 million graduates.  This disparity earned the United States a “D” grade from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  By making science exciting and rewarding, Cougar Robotics aims to attract and retain interest among future generations and train them towards successful careers.

Our robotics team enables high school students to participate in a higher level of technical problem solving, gaining a wide variety of skills ranging from engineering to project management to finance.  We strive to promote the interest and knowledge of science, engineering, and technology to develop leadership, business, teamwork, communication and mathematics, as well as developing important technological and business skills.  We provide a safe, structured environment for students to meet and work with engineers, scientists, technologists, and advanced technology manufacturers.  By providing technology education to students, it will help improve their ability to enter the workforce upon graduation.  In our community, we give back by helping youth by holding robotics day camps and mentoring a local elementary school’s Lego robotics team.

Vice Captains

Contact Info

  • Shawnee Mission Northwest
    12701 W 67th St
    Shawnee, Kansas 66215
    Attn: Sarah Frederickson
Mentors: A Key Part of Any FIRST Team

Our mentors are great people helping out the new generation of students by offering their time and services. We are very appreciative of their loyalty to our team, and have helped build cougar robotics to the present glory.

Some Recent events

Cow Town Throwdown

During the fall every year our team participates in the local Cow Town Throwdown Competition held at Lee Summit High School. Using the robot from the previous year…Click Here to Read

FIRST Stronghold

Beginning January, 2016, The Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougar Robotics Team began their build season for the FIRST Robotics Competition’s First Stronghold.

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