US Naval Academy 2016 Summer STEM Program

Applications for the 2016 Naval Academy Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Program are open at Session dates include June 6-11 for rising 9th graders; June 13-18 for rising 10th graders; and June 20-24 for rising 11th graders. This annual summer program is designed to expose young people to STEM concepts and technologies and to encourage 9th-11th graders to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology throughout high school, college and beyond.

PLTW Grant Opportunity from Verizon

The 2016-17 Verizon-PLTW school grant opportunity is open now until March 31. Any middle school that does not currently offer PLTW Gateway’s Introduction to Computer Science (ICS) units and has a free and reduced lunch-eligible student population of 70 percent or greater is eligible to apply. Visit the Grant Opportunities page to learn more.

Given the significant interest in this opportunity, coupled with the limited number of grants available, it is expected to be a very competitive grant competition. Therefore, Verizon encourages schools to apply as soon as possible. If you have questions, please email


Watch the 2015 Iowa FLL Championships Live!

Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM CST

Can’t make it to Ames, but want to be part of the excitement?  3-2-1…LEGO!  Watch the robot competition matches live by clicking here!


Find us on Twitter @IowaFLL and use #FLLIASTATE.  Check out the Twitter feed on the screens in Howe Hall!

Iowa FIRST LEGO League State Championship – We need You!

2 days … 120 teams…tons of LEGO…Free T-shirt and Lunch!

The Iowa FIRST LEGO League State Championship will take place at Iowa State University on January 16 and 17, 2016 and we need YOU!

Need a reason to volunteer?  We’ve got four!

  1.  FIRST kids are fabulous – you’ll be amazed and inspired
  2. Meet new people and network with other ISU Faculty, Staff, and Students
  3. Volunteering looks great on your resume
  4. Did we mention the free food and t-shirt?

Click here for information on how to register to volunteer, or here to be taken directly to the volunteer registration site.


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.