IMPORTANT SEASON INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 FOR SPRING 2020

Due to the current and potential threat of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and in accordance with university and public health recommendations, Iowa FIRST® LEGO® League has decided that, effective immediately, the upcoming Iowa FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expo events in our state will be postponed until further notice. The March 28 (Cedar Falls) and April 4 (Davenport) events will not be held.

We recognize that teams will likely be disappointed, and we also recognize that teams have put an enormous amount of work into preparing for the season. We regret this disappointing news. Please know this decision was not made lightly. Our primary concern is always the health and safety of our participants and our volunteers.

We will continue to follow recommendations from the CDC, the State of Iowa, University and local health departments as we monitor and assess the situation over the coming weeks to develop a plan to resume our FLL Jr. season and related events.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at flljr@iastate.edu. We wish teams the best as you navigate these uncharacteristic times. Thank you for your interest in the program and attending an Expo this season. We hope very much that we are back on track for later this spring without these circumstances.

FLL 2019-2020 Championship Pictures

Pictures from the 2019-2020 Iowa Championship Event are up! Take a look at all the fun, excitement, and innovation that went on all weekend! You can also view Saturday’s or Sundays’ Championship Slideshow that were shown at the beginning of the Closing Ceremonies to see some of our favorite highlights.

Saturday: Slideshow / Pictures

Sunday: Slideshow / Pictures

Photo Booth: Pictures

Volunteer for the 2019- 2020 Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championships!

The 2019 – 2020 Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championships is right around the corner and we need your help! Supporting and volunteering with FIRST LEGO league promotes the importance of creativity and innovation in your community. As a volunteer, you help inspire the next generation of innovators to tackle real-world problems we face in our cities today. Throughout the event you will get a chance to collaborate with multiple FIRST LEGO League teams and see the hard work they have put into this season. Anyone can be a volunteer as we have many volunteer positions suitable for a wide range of different skillsets and strengths. Join us for a weekend full of fun, innovation, and LEGO! For more information visit our volunteering page!

2019 FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. SWEEPSTAKES

Reach new heights this season! Enter the 2019 FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. SWEEPSTAKES. One FLL team will win an extra LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robot and three FLL Jr. teams will win a LEGO education WeDo 2.0 Technology Set. Entry to the sweepstakes is simple, just complete your FLL or FLL Jr. season registration by September 17th, 2019!

To learn more visit

FIRST LEGO League 2019 Sweepstakes

FIRST LEGO League Jr 2019 Sweepstakes

Collins Aerospace FLL & FLL Jr. Team Grants

The Collins Aerospace FIRST  Team Grants applications are open for the 2019- 2020 Season. New and returning FLL and FLL Jr. teams can find more information and apply here.

We would like to thank Collins Aerospace for its continued support of Iowa FIRST programs!

Apollo 11 Moon Landing – 50th Anniversary

During the 1960s and ’70s, space flight was a new frontier. Our Moon quickly became an object of interest for space explorers, and missions to learn more about the planet became a reality. During this time, NASA started the Apollo Program. This program resulted in many groundbreaking first for space travel. Most importantly, these missions resulted in American astronauts’ landing and walking on the moon for the first time. July 20, 2019, is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing and the day humans first walked on another planet. The historic crew of Apollo 11 was Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon while Collins stayed in orbit around the moon in the Command Module. Upon taking the first human steps on the moon, Neil Armstrong exclaimed the now famous phrase, “That’s one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind.”.

Join the world to celebrate this historic day and click here to learn more about the mission.

John Deere FIRST Team Grant Application Available

The John Deere FIRST  Team Grants applications are open for the 2019- 2020 Season. New and returning FLL and FLL Jr. teams can find more information and apply here.

Deadlines to apply for the John Deere FIRST Team Grants are as follows:

  • FIRST® LEGO® League Junior (FLL Jr.) Deadline:  February 14, 2020
  • FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Deadline:  September 27, 2019
  • FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Deadline: October 11, 2019
  • FIRST® Robotic Competition (FRC) Deadline:  November 22, 2019

We would like to thank John Deere for its continued support of Iowa FIRST programs!

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.

Interested in Volunteering?

The College of Engineering’s Community Outreach is looking for volunteers for the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Iowa State Championships Jan. 19-20 (7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily). These events take on the beautiful Iowa State campus! There are a variety of roles that need to be filled; to volunteer, you can register through the FIRST online system. For more information about registering, check out our Iowa FLL Volunteer Page!

Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, you can let us know at fllvolunteer@iastate.edu.

Call for Volunteers!

Iowa FLL Build Day on November 3

Iowa FIRST LEGO League is hosting a build day and we could use your help! Join us anytime on Saturday, November 3 between 10 am to 3 pm to help assemble FIRST LEGO League kits. You can stay for as long as you want or come and go. Snacks will be provided. If you can bring a laptop or tablet that could be great, but we will also have some provided for you to use to follow the build instructions.

Bring a friend, everyone is welcome! If you will be bringing a group or have any questions, let us know at fll@iastate.edu.