High school students showcase design and engineering skills in FIRST® Robotics Competition Iowa Regional

Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2016

Marcy Seavey, STEM coordinator, Academic Affairs, 319-273-6253,

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – High school students from the United States, China and Brazil will have the opportunity to showcase their hard work after six weeks of designing and building an original robot in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Iowa Regional. The competition will commence on Thursday, March 24 and conclude on Saturday, March 26 in the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

This is the first regional competition to be held in the state of Iowa.

More than 50 teams of students will demonstrate their skill for science, mathematics and technology. Each team will compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses and communities.

10 teams from across the state of Iowa, including teams from Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Des Moines, Iowa City and Ames, have registered to participate in the competition.

The UNI-Dome will be open on Thursday, March 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for attendees to tour the pits where the teams work on their robots. Practice matches will also be held in the McLeod Center on Thursday from noon to 6:30 p.m.

Qualification matches will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Friday, March 25, and from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Saturday, March 26, in the McLeod Center. Final playoff rounds will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by an awards ceremony. Winners will advance to the 2016 FIRST® Championship from Wednesday, April 27 through Saturday, April 30 in St. Louis.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Marcy Seavey, UNI STEM coordinator, at 319-273-6523 or