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.

Distinguished STEM Educators Wanted

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.

Spencer Kidnetic Energy Jr. FIRST LEGO League Team Featured

1974595-L Spencer Kidnetic Energy 4-H Jr. FIRST LEGO League Team showcases Disaster Blaster project, impresses judges with communication skills

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.

To read the full article in the Spencer Daily Reporter, click here.  To learn more about Jr.FLL and other FIRST programs, click here.

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Exciting Opportunity to Learn More about Nature’s Fury!

Check it out!  The Difficult Quest to Unravel the Secrets of the Tornado

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!