FIRST LEGO® League participants develop ideas for research projects

Meet the Experts event brings together students and specialists to talk about this year’s “Animal Allies” theme In mid-September, 21 experts and 29 FIRST LEGO® League teams got together in the Zoo Plex at the Blank Park Zoo to talk share knowledge and make connections for the annual FIRST LEGO® League season. The season brings … Continue reading FIRST LEGO® League participants develop ideas for research projects

Iowa school teams, individuals head to science and technology world championship

This story was originally posted with the Iowa State News Service.  When it launches basketball-sized “boulders” at a castle tower, the robot built by a team of students from Cedar Falls High School can’t see over defending robots. So, at 8:30 on a recent school night, team members were at school, working to solve the … Continue reading Iowa school teams, individuals head to science and technology world championship

Iowa FLL Tek-Konnekt team competes at international invitational

FIRST Lego League (FLL) team Tek-Konnekt from Muscatine, Iowa, recently competed in the 2015 FLL World Class Open Championship held at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California, in mid-May. The team was chosen to represent Iowa after its outstanding performance at the state championship that takes place annually at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering. FIRST is … Continue reading Iowa FLL Tek-Konnekt team competes at international invitational

Engineering fundamentals taught in local 4-H club and FIRST LEGO League competition

A team of eight sixth and seventh graders is running for first place and $20,000 in the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award competition. Iowa County 4-H team Robotic Raiders of Williamsburg, Iowa, designed an educational board game, called “Cyclone Survivors,” that teaches kids about tornadoes and tornado safety. They made it for the 2014 … Continue reading Engineering fundamentals taught in local 4-H club and FIRST LEGO League competition

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Guest post: Outreach events show kids they have what it takes to be engineers

Shaun VanWeelden, junior in software engineering, serves as vice president of outreach for Engineering Student Council and student chair of FIRST LEGO League (FLL). He also participates in outreach activities for several other campus groups.  I knew I wanted to be an engineer at Iowa State after seeing students at the time doing really neat … Continue reading Guest post: Outreach events show kids they have what it takes to be engineers

Junior in software engineering turns interest in LEGOs into business

From the LEGO key chains on his backpack to his involvement and dedication to the FIRST LEGO League, it’s clear that Shaun VanWeelden—a junior from Pella, Iowa—has a passion for the little plastic bricks that so often introduce young children to engineering. Last year, he found a way to combine that passion with his love … Continue reading Junior in software engineering turns interest in LEGOs into business

Hundreds of students to compete for Iowa FIRST LEGO League championship

The team of middle schoolers didn’t know how to make an app. Neither did their teacher. But that didn’t stop them. And so, when the “Rubble Busters” from Maxwell show up for the Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering, they’ll demonstrate a mobile app that … Continue reading Hundreds of students to compete for Iowa FIRST LEGO League championship

FIRST LEGO League Iowa forges teamwork and leadership at Iowa State, local area communities

Teams of Iowa State University staff, students and alumni from across the state have joined forces to coordinate FIRST® LEGO® League Iowa. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program, created by FIRST and LEGO, designed to get children interested in and excited about science, technology and engineering. Every year, FIRST releases a new challenge that … Continue reading FIRST LEGO League Iowa forges teamwork and leadership at Iowa State, local area communities

Screaming students to cheer on their teams, robots at FIRST LEGO League Championship

It’s a big commitment. But Chris Rhinehart just can’t limit her school to one FIRST LEGO League team. “My kids love it,” said the sixth grade math, reading and enrichment teacher at BCLUW Middle School in Union. “That’s why I can’t do only one team.” And so there’s the sixth grade Super 7’s. There’s the seventh … Continue reading Screaming students to cheer on their teams, robots at FIRST LEGO League Championship

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Students clean up the food chain in Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship

Look beneath the funny hats, crazy team names, screaming cheers, and LEGO robots rolling through their missions and Adele Beauchene says she can see her sixth graders learning some real lessons in engineering and science. And so Beauchene, who directs talented and gifted programs for the Nevada Community School District, said she’s happy to bring her … Continue reading Students clean up the food chain in Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship