Four Iowa State College of engineering students and two staff members played key roles in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship.
The event was held April 27 – 30 in St. Louis, Missouri, with more than 600 teams from 29 countries competing in the three levels of FIRST: FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Robotics Competition. Thirty teams of six to nine-year-olds participated in the Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL), showcasing their science and technology smarts in the Jr.FLL World Festival Expo.
Representatives from Iowa State were:
- Brandon Newendorp, photographer
- Chris Stolte, Referee
- Chris Tourek, Referee
- Brice Pollock, Judge
- Kim Glenn, Volunteer Coordinator
- Camille Sloan Schroeder, Head Judge Adviser
Bruce and Jan Newendorp, two Iowa State alums, served as mentors for the FRC Team 525 from Cedar Falls that made it to the world championship. Bruce is an engineer for John Deere, and Jan also runs the Cedar Falls FLL Regional each December.