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High school students to compete in third annual FIRST® Robotics Competition

March 7, 2018

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

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa- Over 60 high school teams from around the world will showcase an original robot they designed and built over the course of six weeks in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Iowa Regional. The competition will start on Thursday, March 22 and conclude on Saturday, March 24, in the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

In those short six weeks, teams from across the Midwest, Turkey, Brazil and Italy must learn the game rules and then design, build and program a robot. This year’s game is “Power Up” based on classic video arcade games.

A team of around 27 judges will be giving out awards at the end of the day on Saturday. Awards range from robot creativity to outstanding professionalism. At least six teams from the FRC Iowa Regional will progress to the FIRST® Worlds Competition.

Qualifying matches will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Saturday, March 24, in the McLeod Center. Final matches will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the event all day Saturday.

The event will also be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22and from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Friday, March 23.

For more information, visit or contact Marcy Seavey, UNI STEM coordinator, at 319-273-6253 or