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.

PLTW Updates

Student Rostering Update: Student State ID Required

To make it easier for schools that need to report student engagement and End-of-Course (EoC) assessment performance measures to State Departments of Education, PLTW has reinstated the Student State ID as a required field for rostering.

If your school has already rostered and needs to submit a report containing this information, you can upload an updated student roster and the related student records will be updated to include Student State IDs in myPLTW. Rosters can be updated anytime through June 30, 2017.

If your school has already rostered and does not need to submit this information, no further action is required.

Rostering continues to be available in myPLTW, where you can also find a step-by-step guide.

Register Today! PLTW Launch Lead Teacher Training Session for Fall

We are offering a PLTW Launch Lead Teacher Training session at PLTW’s Indianapolis office Nov. 1-3.

This PLTW Launch professional development opportunity is in-depth, collaborative, and designed to empower educators to develop the confidence, understanding, and knowledge necessary to lead Building-Level Training for prospective PLTW Launch Classroom Teachers at their site.

During the 24 instructional hours (covered over three days) of training, participants experience the roles of the PLTW Launch student, PLTW Launch Classroom Teacher, and PLTW Launch Lead Teacher as they engage in PLTW Launch activities, projects, and problems and delve into pedagogical strategies.

If your site has any prospective Launch Lead Teacher interested in participating in this fall session, we encourage them to register today, as there are a limited seats available.

Update: Grade-Level Specific Core Training

In response to feedback from the network of PLTW Launch teachers, we are pleased to announce an updated process for completing Grade-Level Specific Core Training.

Note: All current grade-level credentials will remain in place. It is not necessary for teachers to go through this new process unless they are adding a grade-level credential.  

The two-part process will provide access to grade-level modules and Ongoing Training courses.

  1. Watch the Getting Started with Launch video. Once complete, the six Grade-Level Specific Core Training videos will unlock.
  2. Select and view the appropriate grade-level video(s). The grade-level videos are built as quizzes in the myPLTW Learning Management System (LMS). To receive completion grades for applicable grade levels:
    • Open the appropriate grade-level quiz.
    • Watch the video until the end.
    • Enter the video completion code in the field below the video.
    • Submit the quiz.

This completion code signals to PLTW that you are ready to receive the curriculum modules and the Ongoing Training course. You will receive these materials within 48 hours of submitting the quiz.

These updated training resources can be found by selecting Grade-Level Specific Core Training Links from the Building-Level Readiness Training course. Teachers may complete as many of the grade-level requirements as are appropriate for their teaching requirements.

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


You can learn more by going to

2017 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award

Nominations Open!

Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, students and other STEM advocates are invited to nominate an inspirational science, technology, engineering or mathematics teacher for the 2017 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, sponsored by Kemin Industries and the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Formally known as The STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching, this award is dedicated to honoring one teacher from each of the six STEM regions for their contributions and dedication to STEM education in Iowa. Each recipient will receive $1,500, as well as another $1,500 to be used in their classroom.

More information can be found here.

FLL Grants Available

We appreciate the generous support of John Deere and Rockwell Collins for FIRST teams in Iowa last season.  Grants are now available for the 2016 Animal Allies season.  Follow the links below for more information and to apply.

John Deere FLL Jr. Grant Applications will open on Aug 8, 2016.

John Deere FLL Grants

Rockwell Collins FLL Grants



PLTW is proud to announce that we are now an official endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). This endorsement affirms that all components of PLTW CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment. Using an endorsed provider affords schools access to resources including an AP CSP syllabus pre-approved by the College Board’s AP Course Audit, and officially recognized professional development that prepares teachers to teach AP CSP. Learn more about PLTW’s CSP course.

Earlier this month, we also announced the official launch of the AP + PLTW Student Recognition application process. As part of our partnership with the College Board, the AP + PLTW program provides an opportunity for students to earn a recognition that shows college and employers that they’re ready for advanced course work and interested in STEM careers. To earn the recognition, a student must satisfactorily complete three courses in the pathway — one AP course; one PLTW course; and a third course, either AP or PLTW — and earn a qualifying score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam(s) and a score of Proficient or higher on the PLTW End-of-Course (EoC) assessment(s). Learn more about the AP + PLTW program and student recognition

Upcoming STEM Event

April 22 – Trebuchet Egg Throw Competition – High School Teams

Registration is now open for high school teams & volunteers for the 8th Annual QCESC Trebuchet Egg Throw Contest hosted at Bettendorf High School.  This is the 2nd event with the QC Tech Challenge ( in addition to the Jan 29-30 Bridge Building and May 13 Cardboard Boat Race).

Teams of 3-8 students, design & build trebuchets to launch raw eggs at targets at three, specified distances 75, 100, and 125 feet. Each team will get four shots at each distance with the two best shots counted for scoring. This field competition will count for 60 of the total 100 possible points.

In addition to the trebuchet, a presentation worth up to 40 points is given by each team to local engineers from the QCESC.


Help is available for new teams/schools wanting to participate.


Link to further information including pre-registration for teams & volunteers.