EngineerGirl Essay Contest

The National Academy of Engineering invites students (both boys and girls) in grades 3-12 to submit an essay about how they would protect the environment and the safety, health, and well-being of the public as a responsible engineer. Submission deadline is February 1, 2016.

Speaking of STEM…

It’s not always easy to know how to talk to kids.  Check out some tips on how to speak to a group of students about stem:  Talking to Students about STEM

Merit Badge University

Click here to register today for Merit Badge University

October 24, 2015


FLL Events in Iowa

All Iowa Jr.FLL and FLL teams are invited to a Meet the Experts Expo at Iowa State University on October 3, 2015.  Come and speak to experts in the area of Trash.

To register, click here.


The 3rd annual Quad Cities FLL Kickoff is this Saturday, September 26 at the Putnam Museum in Davenport.

For more information, click here.

Jr.FLL Grants

Grants are now available for Jr.FLL teams in Iowa.  Click the links below for more information and to apply for the grant.

Clover Kids Jr FLL Grants Promotion

Jr.FLL Grant Application

Computer Science Education in Iowa

PLTW Teacher Doyle Massey speaks to the importance of Computer Science education in Iowa and the important role PLTW can play.

Rostering for PLTW

Rostering for the 2015-16 school year is now open. PLTW District Administrators, School Administrators, or Principals must roster all PLTW Launch, PLTW Gateway, PLTW Engineering, PLTW Computer Science, and PLTW Biomedical Science students. Once students are rostered, teachers can enroll them into the myPLTW Learning Management System (LMS). Rostering is also required for PLTW Engineering, PLTW Computer Science, and PLTW Biomedical Science students to gain access to the End of Course (EoC) Assessments. The updated rostering template, as well as detailed instructions, is available under the Help section of the myPLTW website.

If you have questions, please contact the PLTW School Support Team by phone at 877-335-7589 or via email at

John Deere Inspire Grants Available for 2015/16 FIRST Season

We are pleased to announce the John Deere Inspire Grants are available for the Trash Trek season. Please consider creating new FIRST teams!

For information about John Deere’s Inspire Grant visit here.

For grant application visit here.

Professional Development Opportunity

National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property


Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for teachers who are traveling more than 50 miles to the venue in accordance with Federal travel regulations and USPTO travel policy.   Space is limited.  Apply today!  

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its second National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property on July 12-17, 2015 in Dallas, TX.  This multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction.    The program is open to teachers nation-wide. Space is limited.  Apply today!
Participants are expected to implement lessons learned from the Institute into their schools and school districts in an effort to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem.   The Institute is open to teachers nation-wide.  Apply to be a part of this exciting cohort.   Space is limited.  Apply today!   Application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 22, 2015.

FIRST Grants Available from Rockwell Collins for 2015/16 Season

Through gracious support of FIRST programs in Iowa, Rockwell Collins is offering team grants for FLL for the coming Trash Trek season. Please check it out and consider starting a team this season!

Rockwell Collins FIRST Grant: