UI Hosts Iowa FIRST Tech Challenge-Iowa Championship at IMU Feb. 25

Friday, February 24, 2012

The University of Iowa College of Engineering, along with official national sponsor and corporate partner Rockwell Collins, will host the Iowa FIRST Tech Challenge-Iowa Championship, a robotics competition involving high school teams, at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 25.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Championship culminates a week of activities on campus to celebrate National Engineers Week.

The top 32 teams from Iowa have been invited to compete in the championship, based upon their performances at one or two qualifier tournaments held across Iowa. Individual teams are composed of five to 10 high school students.

In addition to the teams, the competition will include more than 60 volunteers, including high school students, college students, graduate students, professionals, and retirees.

FTC requires teams to construct robots that move over a 12-foot-square field in a game called "Bowled Over!" Robots earn points for using bowling balls, racquetballs, and crates.

Teams advancing from the Iowa Championship will be invited to compete at the FTC World Festival April 25-28 in St. Louis.

For more information visit http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/ess/future-students/k-12/first-tech-challenge or contact Rebecca Whitaker at 319-335-5706 or rebecca-whitaker@uiowa.edu.