Iowa FLL Jr. Creature Craze Team Grants

FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL Jr.) is a great way for children ages 6-10 to get involved in STEM, make friends, develop teamwork skills, and have fun! The 2016-17 Season is still underway and ISU College of Engineering is partnering with John Deere to provide grants to new and returning teams that qualify.

The flyer with all of the information and requirements about the grant can be found here.

If you want to know more about FLL Jr. you can find it here.

Note: one of the requirements for receiving the grant is attending a FLL Jr. event (which are called Expos); a listing of all of the FLL Jr. Expo events can be found here.

FLL Jr. Expos

Although the FLL Animal Allies season is done, the Creature Craze FLL Jr. season is still underway!

We currently have several more FLL Jr. Expos scheduled which are listed below:

Quad Cities

Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Location: Quad Cities National Robotics Week Showcase – Putnam Museum & Science Center – 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, IA 52804
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.


Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Location: STEAMfest – Musco Technology Center – William Penn University – 201 Trueblood Avenue, Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Des Moines

Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Location: Community Teen Center – Oakridge Neighborhood Services – 1401 Center St., Des Moines, IA 50309
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
Location: Location: East Union School Gym – 1916 High School Dr., Afton, IA 50830
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 A.M.

A complete listing of events can be found here. We may add more events in the future, so please stay tuned!

If you haven’t started an FLL Jr. team, there is still time! Click here for more information.

3D Printer Contest with Great Prizes!

Edison Innovation Foundation invites you to join a Back to School Contest!

The Edison Foundation office recently installed a 3D printer and they are looking for designs to put it to work! Send a Design and a photo of a novel item that they can replicate in their new PT2X 3D Printer. The top three designs chosen by the board will win a prize.

There is no topic or theme, the design can range from a toy, to a household item, to a medical device.

More information about this contest and the prizes available can be found hereThe due date is November 15th, 2016!

Get creative and have fun!

Science Ambassador Scholarship


Applications are now open!

Science Ambassador Scholarship is a full-ride tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, technology, or math. Applications close December 11th, 2016 at midnight central time.

To apply, submit a three–minute video of yourself explaining a topic in science you are passionate about.

  • Deliver a mini lecture, not a personal statement, as if you are teaching or lecturing an audience.
  • Don’t spend lots of time introducing yourself—just jump right into your topic.
  • Your video should be three minutes, no longer.
  • You can discuss any topic in science you like, not necessarily your field of study.
  • Upload the video to YouTube, and make sure the video is set to public.

Visit to apply.

ASEE Essay/Video Contest

Now accepting submissions!

The increasing demand for STEM graduates with skills to work and innovate in a global market demands a pipeline of talent from all walks of life. Describe a time in your life (via written response or video) where you organized or participated in an effort to encourage P12 students to go into a STEM field, specifically engineering. Be sure to discuss/show why you participated, what you did, and how the event impacted the students. The video should not be an advertisement for your organization’s outreach.

Winners are selected by a group of reviewers from the ASEE Diversity Committee. Up to 3 awards will be given as prizes for the top submissions from all categories.

  • 1st Place: $275
  • 2nd Place: $150
  • 3rd Place: $70

Submission Timeline
September 1: Contest Opens for Submission
February 1: Submission Deadline
March 1: Submission Review Deadline
April 1: Winners Notified


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