Upcoming Webinar Hosted by FIRST Education!

The FIRST Education team is hosting a free webinar for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST® Tech Challenge educators at 7 pm ET on October 21.

Hands-on STEM Learning in Varied Learning Environments.

The panelists will discuss the resources FIRST has created for the season. Join us and share this event with the educators in your area.

Virtual STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair


For the first time, STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair will take place virtually. On Sunday, August 23, 2020, Iowans took take part in fun STEM activities and experiments online, from the comfort of their homes by visiting the Iowa State Fair’s website.

We encourage you to check out, and/or participate in, all the fun activities that took place!

  1. Visit the Iowa State Fair website to watch all the fun activities that took place!
  2. Share your activities using the hashtags #ISF2020, #FairAtHome and #STEMDayIAFair

John Deere FIRST Team Grants are Now Open!

Exciting News! John Deere FIRST Team grant applications for 2020 -2021 are now open for U.S. teams for:

  • FIRST LEGO League – Discover
  • FIRST LEGO League – Explore

To fill out an application click here!

Grants for all countries for FIRST Robotics Competition are scheduled to open on 15 Sep 2020.

If you received John Deere support for your FIRST team for the 2019 – 2020 season, please make sure and fill out the post season survey before requesting a new grant for 2020 -2021.

We wish your teams a healthy, successful season. Thank you for doing your part to care for the FIRST® community during this challenging time with COVID-19.

Redefining Futures FIRST Team Grant Program

Collins Aerospace has announced their new Redefining Futures FIRST Team Grant program. This FIRST team grant program is available to FIRST teams in key Collins Aerospace operations locations including Iowa with two or more of the following attributes:

  • Rookie team
  • Significant socioeconomic need; 50% or more of team members qualify for free or reduced lunch rates
  • 50% or more of team members from underrepresented populations in STEM fields

The Iowa is an eligible region and teams in Iowa qualify for the program. Collins Aerospace has asked us to distribute this link to teams that you think meet the following criteria. Please read through this page for full information as well as here.

The Collins Aerospace Redefining Futures FIRST team grant program will be closed on the dates listed below next to the respective FIRST program:

  • FIRST LEGO League Explore – Friday, 8/14
  • FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Friday, 8/14
  • FIRST Tech Challenge – Friday, 8/14
  • FIRST Robotics Competition – Friday, 11/6

To learn even more click here!

ISEK Virtual Summer Camps 2020

Hello Iowa State Engineering Kids!

This summer we are bringing camp to your screen! Join us every week for our new ISEK Virtual Summer Camps. Each week we will release 3-4 videos showing a STEM activity that you can do at home. Even though we can’t be together we can still learn, create and innovate!

Our first week of camps will include activities related to sports and movement. We will explore aerodynamics, physics, measurements and other related stem concepts.

You can get started right now! Just click on the Camp tag at the top of the page and then navigate to the ISEK Virtual Summer Camp link on the right side of your screen or click here! We hope you have fun and enjoy all the activities!

If you have any questions contact isek@iastate.edu.