Metro Homeschool Robotics (MHR), based at Lutheran High School of Kansas City, maintained its first place finish on Saturday, October 13, in the 2018 River Valley BEST Robotics Hub Competition on the campus of University of Arkansas—Fort Smith. After defeating 12 other BEST teams from three states, MHR qualified to advance to the Frontier Trails BEST Regional Championship in December.

MHR swept the awards this year, taking first place trophies for its Robot and the Grand Prize, BEST Award, which is an award for the overall competition. For scoring the most points scored in a single round of competition, MHR’s robot took the Igus Top Gun Award, as well as the Most Robust Robot Award. The students captured first place prizes for Engineering Project Notebook; Team Exhibit, and Spirit and Sportsmanship while their webpage design captured a second place award.

BEST Robotics, Inc. (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to pursue STEM careers in science, technology, engineering, and math through robotics design.

MHR is proud to be part of the BEST program and looks forward to competing against teams from across the country as they advance to the Regionals in December. For more information about MHR, visit the student-run website at To find out more about BEST Robotics, see their website:

MHR’s BEST team boasts 27 homeschooled, private, and public school student-members, ages 11-18, who reside within many parts of the K.C. Metro area, Eastern Jackson County, and as far west as Topeka, KS. Students raise their own funds through sponsorships by local businesses, including: The Lutheran High School of Kansas City, Carpenter’s Regional Council of St. Louis-Kansas City, Fike, CenturyLink – Clark M. Williams Charitable Foundation; Caterpillar Inc., and Smiths Interconnect. For more information on becoming a sponsor for this 501(c)3, contact MHR at:

Metro Homeschool Robotics is a 501(c)3 organization teaching homeschooled, private, and public schooled students in the Kansas City Metro area about business and engineering through robotics.