Iowa City FIRST Robotics Team to Compete March 12

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Iowa City Robotics Team, Children of the Corn, will participate March 12-14 in the FIRST Regional Robotics Competition in Milwaukee, WI.

The team, mentored by Andrew Veit, team leader, hardware engineering, at the University's National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS). is compised of students from City High School and West High School, Iowa City, IA.  Additional mentors include Mark Whiting, Rockwell Collins, Inc.; Nick Lorch, research assistant, Operator Performance Laboratory, Center for Computer-Aided Design; Matias Perret, a senior in mechanical engineering and undergraduate teaching assistant, GROK Lab; and Kay Nigg, West High School.  Access to the GROK Lab to construct the robotics is provided by Geb Thomas, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and program coordinator of industrial engineering.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) is a non-profit, international organization founded by Dean Kamen, known as the inventor of the Segway. The goal of the organization is to excite youth about the fields of science and engineering. 

In the competition, teams have six weeks to design, plan, and complete a robot to compete in a game.

The team also traveled March 2 to Des Moines to showcase its robotics work to members of the Iowa General Assembly at the State Capitol, and to lobby representatives in the Iowa House and Senate to increase STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) funding

For more information on the Iowa City Robotics Team and the FIRST program, go to