A Celebration of STEM & FIRST in Iowa

September 8, 2012 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Iowa Memorial Union (125 N. Madison Street) Iowa City, Iowa

When Gov. Branstad signed Executive Order #74 in Summer 2011, he made STEM Education a priority item in the State of Iowa. In joint collaboration with the Iowa Senate and Legislature and the establishment of the Iowa STEM Advisory Council, funds have been allocated and programs have selected to give Iowa K-12 learners an exposure to STEM. Two of the programs selected are FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge.

Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of STEM Education in Iowa, the establishment and accomplishments of the Iowa Governors STEM Advisory Council, and the recognition of both FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge.

AGENDA 

8:00am -- Doors Open to Iowa Memorial Union
8:45am -- 9:10am: Workshops: Session Track #1 (see below)
9:15am -- 9:40am: Workshops: Session Track #2 (see below)
10:00am -- 11:45am: Speeches from Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, UI President Sally Mason, UNI President Ben Allen, ISU President Steven Leath, FIRST Chief of Programming Ken Johnson, and Rockwell Vice President JP Besong.
11:45am -- 12:00noon: Game Reveal Learn about the new FTC Game, Field and Rules. Table demonstration of Jr. FLL, FLL and FRC teams.

After the game has been revealed, guests are invited to stay and check out/measure the field or visit with the FIRST table demonstrations.

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Arrival to Iowa City & Parking
Due to the football game, traffic roads to/from Iowa City are going to be full. We recommend attendees to use I-80 and exit on #244/Dubuque Street. Travel south along Dubuque Street, and turn right onto Market Street (approx. 1.5 miles). At the bottom of the hill is Madison Street. We recommend attendees to wrrive between 8:00am-10:00am to park in either the IMU Parking Ramp or the North Parking Ramp. Along Market street, turn right (north) to access the North Parking Ramp or left (south) to access the IMU Ramp (driving directions to IMU). There will be signs along Market Street indicating if the ramps are full. These ramps will have a parking fee of $5-$6 for the event.

Any attendees arriving between 10:00am or 11:00am are still encouraged to use Exit #244/Dubuque Street from I-80. In the event the parking ramps are full, alternative parking has been reserved for the event in the Hancher Auditorium Parking lot, which is a on the west side of the Iowa River from the Iowa Memorial Union. (Directions to Hancher Auditorium Parking lot, from the IMU: Turn left on Madison Street, and then left again onto along Jefferson Street, heading east. At Dubuque Street, go north towards I-80 and at the light of River Rd and Dubuque Street, turn left. You will cross the Iowa River and the Levitt Center will be on your left. Enter the driveway near the Levitt Center. Drive to the former University of Iowa Art Museum and there should be spots will be cordoned off and designated as STEM/FIRST parking.)

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Workshops

8:45-9:10am: Session Track #1

Location/Room # Topic Presentor
Bijou Theatre FTC & The Gov. STEM Advisory Council -- Scale-Up Funding Rebecca Whitaker & Ken Johnson
Northwestern Room (#345) LabView: Helpful Resources Chad Erickson
Illinois Room (#348) Judging: New Information for Teams Leon Turner
Nebraska Room (#355) Qualifiers: What to Expect
--Information designed for new teams
Ben Dattilo
Penn State Room (#337) Beyond FIRST: A company's perspective on the benefits of FIRST for students, mentors and coaches Pat Barnes, John Deere
Michigan Room (#351) Prototyping Workshop -- How teams can host their own prototyping event Tanvi Yenna, Team #3550

 

9:15-9:40am: Session Track #2

Location/ Room # Topic Presentor
Bijou Theatre "Judging: The Hardest Fun You'll Ever Have"
Target audience is mentors and volunteers
Rene Rios
Northwestern Room (#345) LabView: Helpful Resources Chad Erickson
Illinois Room (#348) Judging: New Information for Teams Leon Turner
Nebraska Room (#355) Qualifiers: What to Expect
--Information designed for new teams
Ben Dattilo
Penn State Room (#337) Successful Engineering Notebooks: From the teams who've been there! Catie, Cheryl and Jerry Sheehy (Team #3549) and Team Beta (Team #3550)
Ohio State Room (#343) Effective Season Management Dan Edwards

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