Cow Town Throwdown

In 2008, Team Driven came up with the concept of hosting an off-season event to provide teams an extra opportunity to compete. Due to the high concentration of FIRST Robotics team in the Kansas City, the competition continues to grow. For the past 6 years, it has allowed teams to train members, build excitement for the upcoming season, and bring more awareness about FIRST to the community. It is ran by Team Driven members and supported by their partner Cerner. To learn more or register, please go to cttd-robotics.com  Below are a few highlights from each year.
 

YEAR:    2014

GAME NAME:   Aerial Assist

NUMBER OF TEAMS:  52

YEAR:    2013

GAME NAME:   Ultimate ascent

NUMBER OF TEAMS:  48

HIGHLIGHTS: This was the first year CTTD had a waiting list of teams that wanted to participate. Team Driven plans on looking for a bigger facility to hold the event in the upcoming years. This was also the first year that the CowTown Cafe was established. It provided everyone with an opportunity to grab refreshments and/or lunch without having to leave the contest.

YEAR:    2012

GAME NAME:   Rebound Rumble

NUMBER OF TEAMS:  46

HIGHLIGHTS: This year, Cow Town ThrowDown was moved to Lee’s Summit High School, home of Team Driven. With support of the School District, major infrastructure work was completed to handle the electrical needs. The team also partnered up with a sister team, Hickman Cougars, to put on the event. Other exciting things included a FLL practice match event, and seeing an all girl drive team compete.

 

YEAR:    2011

GAME NAME:   Logo-Motion

NUMBER OF TEAMS:  32

HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 was the last year the Cow Town ThrowDown would be hosted at the Cerner activities center. There were so many teams that participated; the team had no choice but to move to a bigger facility.

 

YEAR:    2010

GAME NAME:   Breakaway

NUMBER OF TEAMS:  29

HIGHLIGHTS: As Team Driven was looking to continually grow the competition; they started a FLL Rumble. 16 local FLL teams were able to come and scrimmage to gain experience. They were also able to see the FRC competition in action, as well as see the pits, and get to talk to student members.

 

 

YEAR:    2009

GAME NAME:   Lunacy

NUMBER OF TEAMS:  31

HIGHLIGHTS: The second year of CTTD was met with a major obstacle just hours before the KickOff. The field shut down, later found to be caused due to electrical issues. Fortunately, members from Team Driven and Cerner worked late into the night to get the field fixed, and the competition started successfully. This was also the first year Team Driven threw a party, calling it Cow Town HoeDown. T-shirts were sold and the party was an overall hit.

 

YEAR:    2008

GAME NAME:   Overdrive

NUMBER OF TEAMS:  28

HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 was the first year that Cow Town ThrowDown was established. The team connected with Cerner, who helped to host the event. They were able to build a stronger partnership with them as well as reach the community. The event was also used as a platform to kick off their latest outreach event, Robots Working Together. They raised money in order to buy tools and equipment for other struggling Robotic teams.