First Tech Challenge Program to Hold Kick-Off Celebration Sept. 11

Friday, September 3, 2010

University of Iowa News Release

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Program at the University of Iowa College of Engineering will hold its 2010 FTC-Iowa Kick-Off Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Prairie Point Middle School, 401 76th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The event will feature a description of the 2010 game and offer mini workshops on a variety of topics -- ranging from a student's perspective to lessons learned by a rookie coach -- for students, mentors, coaches and volunteers who plan to participate in the 2010-2011 FTC program.

In January, the UI, in cooperation with official national sponsor Rockwell Collins, hosted an FTC Program for the first time. The 24 teams, each composed of five to 10 high school students, constructed robots that later took part in a competition. The winners advanced to a regional and, eventually, a national competition.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by Segway inventor Dean Kamen to encourage student team building skills, entrepreneurship and "gracious professionalism."

Additional information is available at or by contacting coordinator Rebecca Whitaker at 319-335-5706 or