Check out Iowa State Engineering Kids Summer Camps!

Iowa State Engineering Camps are a perfect way to check out the latest technology, explore awesome engineering activities and experience campus. Our summer day camps provide a great way to learn more about how engineers solve problems, get creative and innovate solutions.

Check out the available camps through our website’s Camp Tab.

Get ready to take the 2013 FLL & Jr. FLL season by storm!

FLL Updates:

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

A quick look at ISEK

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 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.

Summer Camps:

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 TeamUp – New Features

Greetings FIRST TeamUp Users –

New Features: Users

  • Upon initial login for 2011 season, users are forced to read and accept the privacy policy, user agreement, and age verification at the bottom of the profile page.
  • Your selections for the “My Selection” area remain the same from last season. If you have updates to this section you can click in the upper right of the screen to get to the “My Selection” area. Remember to “Submit”/save your choices.

o   If you DO NOT want to be contacted by other individuals, please uncheck all boxes in the “My Selection” area. This will take your name out of the search and you will not be contacted.

New Features: Overall

  • If you are looking for a team for your child to join, we strongly recommend that you select the “Connect with Others in My Area” selection. We have found that there are many users searching for teams who, due to many different circumstances, cannot accept new members. Starting a new team with others in your area is a great solution!
  • On the “Search” results page you’ll notice a section that lists the Senior Mentors throughout the United States and the FLL Operational Partners in your area.

o   Contact the Senior Mentors to ask advice when starting a team or with general season questions.

o   Contact the FLL Operational Partner with questions about how FLL is run in your area.

Go directly to FIRST TeamUp:

Thank you for your continued patience.

FIRST TeamUp Support

It’s National Robotics Week!

This week, April 9-17, 2011, is National Robotics Week! It’s amazing how much robotics have grown and changes over the last few decades. Just think about what robotics were like in the 1980s compared to today. Will future robots look like C-3PO and R2-D2 in Star Wars?

See if there’s any events in your area for National Robotics Week!