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!
Iowa State University’s Howe Hall, along with several other buildings in the College of Engineering, turn into a stadium during the annual Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship that will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014. Read more about the event and one team’s season, here.
Seventy-two Iowa FIRST LEGO League teams are set to converge on the campus of Iowa State University to show off their team’s accomplishments in teamwork, robot design, project research, and innovative solutions on Saturday, January 18, 2014 for the Iowa FLL Championship event.
For a complete event schedule, including outreach activities and the Jr.FLL Expo schedule, click here. The event is free and open to the public.
Can’t make it, but want to check it out? The 2013 Iowa FLL Championship robot competition matches will be streamed live again this year! Check it out on tournament day by clicking here.
For more information about the championship event and FIRST LEGO League, click here.
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the 2014-15 fellowship year. The Einstein Fellowship seeks experienced and distinguished K 12 educators in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve an 11-month fellowship appointment in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office. Applications are due 12.04.13.
For more information, click here.
Jr.FLL team members in the Spencer Kidnetic Energy 4-H Club recently showcased the information they’ve learned about natural disasters through the Jr. FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) program. Local judges listened to the members as they explained their team project, designed with a focus on natural disaster prevention and rescue.
“For me, the defining moment was listening to the children articulate very clearly what they had learned as far as collaboration, problem-solving, and thinking,” said Kari Webb, Northwest Iowa STEM regional manager and Jr.FLL showcase judge. “The skills gap that many employers in Iowa identify is students that have the initiative to see a problem and fix it; to work for a positive solution when a problem arises. A program like (FIRST) LEGO League is used to help develop those skills at a really young age.”
Jr.FLL is a FIRST program for kids ages 6-9 that introduces children to the worlds of science and technology. Each season, teams research and design a project around a real-world theme. The 2013 theme is Disaster Blaster.
Has your Jr.FLL or FLL team been featured, or know of a cool FIRST story? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
November 18 – 7 p.m. – Great Hall, Memorial Union – Iowa State University
Bill Gallus has always been obsessed with the weather. His fascination evolved from a weather diary as a first grader to researching severe storms as an Iowa State University meteorology professor and storm chaser. Gallus was also on the team that pioneered development of Iowa State’s tornado simulator, the first of its kind to create a moving tornado large enough to simulate the effects of a twister on different types of structures!
Regional Qualifier Registration is now closed. See the FLL tab for more information.
FLL Team registration has now closed! (Closed as of 9/23/13) This means that you are no longer able to register for a FLL team for the 2013 Nature’s Fury season.
Disaster Blaster Jr. FLL Registration is still open. Click here for Jr. FLL registration.
Iowa Jr.FLL Expo registration is open through November 20. Register now!
Accepted Now – Jr.FLL John Deere FIRST Team Grant Applications
John Deere FIRST Team Grant applications for Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) are now available! Application deadline is February 21, 2014, or until funding is depleted. Teams are encouraged to apply early. Jr.FLL teams can be comprised of up to six children ages 6-9 and can be made up of neighborhood groups, school groups, homeschool groups, Girls Scout/Boy Scout troops, 4-H clubs, family members, and after school programs.
Jr.FLL is a hands-on program focused on building children’s interest in science and engineering. The season features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking, and imagination. Guided by adult coaches and the Jr.FLL Core Values, teams get to design and build challenge solutions using LEGO elements, apply real-world math and science concepts, research challenges facing today’s scientists, and learn team building and presentation skills. Get ready to take this season by storm! The 2013-2014 challenge theme is Disaster Blaster.
To access the John Deere FIRST Team Grant application, visit the John Deere Inspire website at www.JohnDeere.com/Inspire.
ISEK at the Iowa State Fair!
Monday, August 12
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4-H Exhibits Building
How do humans use robots and what do robots do for us? What can you create with 100s of free build LEGOs? Find out the answers to these questions and more as you interact with Iowa State University’s College of Engineering K-12 Outreach team and engineering students! Learn about robots and put your programming skills to the test as you attempt to master your own challenge and add your own touch to our ongoing LEGO sculpture! Get tattooed to show your love of CyclONE nation and learn more about FIRST LEGO League (FLL), Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL), Project Lead the Way, Iowa State University’s College of Engineering, and more!
STEM Day: Sunday, August 18
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Blue Ribbon Kids Tent
Check out STEM activities and learn more about Iowa State University’s College of Engineering, FIRST LEGO League (FLL), Jr. FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL), Project Lead the Way, and more from Iowa State University’s College of Engineering K-12 Outreach team and engineering students!
Nominate an ISEK Kid of the Month
We love stories about inventiveness, creativity, problem solving, and thinking outside the box. “Kids” are anyone at any age – send us an e-mail at email@example.com and tell us in 300 words or less who, why, and what they do that is engineering at its coolest. We will select a new “kid” each month to be featured and recognized. We will even send them a special congratulatory gift from ISU College of Engineering and give you one too, for recognizing their potential talent!
Starting a FLL/Jr. FLL Team:
..Is easy and we have all the info you need right here.
We will be posting information about our summer camps in April, in the mean time, you can check out last year’s page to get a feel for what we do and offer. Click here.
FIRST, The LEGO Foundation and LEGO Education Announce ‘Graduation Grants’ Available To FIRST Robotics Teams
The LEGO Foundation and LEGO Education will provide $150,000 towards the costs of robotic parts and materials for eligible teams, while FIRST will contribute $100,000 towards registration and additional costs for these newly formed teams. These grants were designed to encourage students to progress from one level in FIRST to the next. The grants are only available to U.S. teams on a first come, first served basis and are available immediately.