Put the A in STEAM: Send Your Logo to Space! (Base 11 STEM)

The “Send Your Logo to Space” Competition is now live! We are looking for a student-designed logo to brand the $1M+ Base 11 Space Challenge for a chance to win up to $2,500 in prizes in different categories. And when we say student, we mean anyone from kindergarten all the way up to grad school. So whether you’re a part-time doodler or a professional graphic designer, we welcome your creativity! Now’s your chance to send your logo to space. The deadline to submit is September 28th.

John Deere FIRST Grant opportunities are available for the 2018 season

New and returning FLL and FLL Jr. teams can apply here. Don’t miss this great opportunity for the FLL INTO ORBIT and FLL Jr. MISSION MOON 2018 Season!

Deadlines to apply for the John Deere FIRST Team Grants are as follows:

  • FIRST® LEGO League Junior (FLLJR) Deadline:  February 15, 2019
  • FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Deadline:  September 14, 2018
  • FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Deadline: September 28, 2018
  • FIRST® Robotic Competition (FRC) Deadline:  November 9, 2018

We would like to thank John Deere for its continued support of Iowa FIRST programs!

Rockwell Collins FLL grants are now available

Rockwell Collins FLL grants are available for the INTO ORBIT Season! Information about the grants and the application can be found on the Rockwell Collins website. Don’t miss this great opportunity for new and returning teams!

Interested in learning about FIRST LEGO League? Check out the FLL tab on the ISEK site. Team registration for the 2018 FLL INTO ORBIT Season is now open. Rockwell Collins team grant gives preference to first year teams, so sign up soon!

John Deere PLTW grants are now available!

John Deere PLTW Grants for 2018-2019 are now open until Dec. 15 for new implementations of Launch & Gateway. For this year, they have added support for implementing Computer Science with existing Gateway programs. In Iowa, this includes a 50 mile radius from Quad Cities, Dubuque, Ottumwa, Waterloo, Des Moines and Paton (new addition).

Check out PLTW grant opportunities here.

Iowa State Fair Youth Inventor Event

Youth grades 3-12 are invited to Fair-Ovation at the Iowa State Fair. This is a showcase event for young innovators and inventors, put on by the Iowa State Fair and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Registration is due August 1. Flyers and registration are available on the State Fair website.

Check it out!

John Deere FIRST 2017/18 Team grant information is now live!

John Deere FIRST Team grant applications opened June 7 for the new 2017-2018 season for U.S. teams. The application can be found here: www.JohnDeere.com/Inspire

  • The deadlines for applying are:
    • FIRST® LEGO League Junior (FLL Jr.) Deadline: March 2, 2018
    • FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Deadline: September 8, 2017
    • FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Deadline: September 29, 2017
    • FIRST® Robotic Competition (FRC) Deadline: November 10, 2017

We would like to thank John Deer for it’s continued support of Iowa FIRST programs!

FLL 2017 Global Innovation Award Semi-Finalists

The 2017 FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award promotional video can be found on the FIRST  YouTube Channel.  Check out the two teams from Iowa by reading their Team bios. Out of twenty global semi-finalists, two are from Iowa!  Join the social media conversation about the event, share the promo video and share our excitement and congratulations for these teams!

Rockwell Collins FIRST LEGO League Team Grants for 2017/18 Season

Rockwell Collins Iowa FLL grants are now live!  Information about the grants and the application can be found here.

Aren’t on a FLL team and want to learn more? Click here for more information. Team Registration for the 2017 season is now open, and the Rockwell Collins grant gives preference to first year teams, so sign up soon!

ISU AMS Science Fair 2017

Iowa State’s Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society will be hosting its third annual Science Fair on Saturday, April 22nd and we are reaching out to you to help us spread the word. Brief information related to this event is listed below and a flyer is attached for more detailed information. The fair is free to enter and there will be prizes for the top projects! Projects do not have to be weather-related, they can be on any topic. If you know of anyone that would be interested in participating in this event, please forward the information to them.

WHO: 1st-5th Grade Students

WHERE: Iowa State University, Memorial Union Pioneer Room

WHEN: Saturday, April 22nd

1st/2nd grade projects: 1-2pm

3rd grade projects: 2-3pm

4th grade projects 3-4pm

5th grade projects 4-5pm

REGISTRATION: https://tinyurl.com/mnldbh4

Check out the official flyer for more information.

FIRST Educator Summit

FIRST will be hosting an Educator Summit at each of the FIRST World Festival events this year. The intent of the Educator Summit event is to draw in Superintendents, Principals, STEM Educators and decisions makers whom may not have any exposure or have limited exposure to FIRST.  The hope is they leave this event excited and interested to bring FIRST to their school district and community.  For more information, please follow these links: