Win a trip to NYC from the TODAY Show

The TODAY Show is partnering with Shell to find find kids who are creating amazing things in the field of STEM.  Check out their website at to nominate some one you know who’s invented something terrific!

FLL and FRC – What a beautiful friendship

We want to send a shout out to the two FRC teams who joined us for the FLL State Championship in January.  Thanks to the Swartdogs and  Team Neutrino for showing us the great opportunities awaiting team members after they are done with FLL.

Swartdog Newsletter #2

Applications Now Open for 2015-16 PLTW Scale-Ups

Applications for 2015-16 Scale-Up Programs are due March 9, 2015.

Scale-Ups are available for the following PLTW Programs:

  • PLTW Principles of Engineering
  • PLTW Gateway to Technology
  • PLTW Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • PLTW Launch

Apply today at!

Watch the 2014 Iowa FLL Championship Matches Live!

Saturday, 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!

Competition for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is Now Open!

PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for K-12th grade mathematics and science teachers. The 2015 awards will honor up to 108 7th – 12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers. In 2016, awards will recognize K-6th grade teachers.

To nominate a teacher, go to the program website ( and click on “Nominate a Teacher.” Completing a nomination form takes only a couple of minutes. You only need a teacher’s contact information to complete the form. It’s just that simple!

Awardees receive a citation from the President, $10,000 from NSF, and trip to Washington DC for recognition ceremonies. The website also has a link that allows you to search for past awardees in your home state! Nominations close April 1, 2015 but please don’t delay. Give your nominated teachers as much time as possible to complete a competitive application.

STEM Award

Do you know a great STEM teacher?  Nominate them today!  The STEM Education Award is dedicated to honoring one teacher from each of the six Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Regions for their contribution and dedication to STEM in Iowa.  Each winner will receive a $1,500 award and $1,500 to be used in their classroom.

Click here to nominate your teacher between October 22, 2014 and December 12, 2014.

Click here for a map of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Regions


FIRST LEGO League Grants for 2014 Season Now Live!

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

Rockwell Collins FIRST Grant Application: (check it out on the right side of the page).

Applications are now being accepted for John Deere FLL. Grants for Jr.FLL will begin July 28, 2014 and FRC grants begin on September 28, 2014. Find the application here: Please note that team grants should be approved prior to the team registering for FIRST. Questions about John Deere FIRST grants should be directed to or by phone at 603-206-2057.






We’re on the Move

Due to a relocation on campus of our program during summer 2014, our camp offerings will be reduced for the summer. We will be partnering with Extension & Outreach, as well as the Putnam Museum in Davenport to offer STEM-related camps off-campus for this year. We encourage you to reach out to those entities to determine options for your student.

Please know that we will plan to offer a full menu of camps during summer 2015, once we are established in our new location. We appreciate your interest in our camps and related programming and encourage you to contact your local Extension & Outreach office, as well as other community STEM-related programs and ISU through the university website at to learn of other STEM camp offerings. Thank you for your patience as we relocate.

Hundreds of Students to Scream for Their LEGO Robots; Compete for Iowa FLL Championship – 01.18.14

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.

Iowa FLL Championship – 01.18.14

2013_FIRST_FLL_St LouisSeventy-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.