Don't miss the FIRST Robotics Competition Iowa Regional


2023 FIRST Robotics Competition Iowa Regional

Participate in the FIRST®​ Robotics Competition Iowa Regional.  Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, the FIRST Robotics Competition Iowa Regional will bring together more than 50 teams from the Midwest and beyond to compete in the University of Northern Iowa McLeod Center.  Each high school team will design, build and program their robot to play this year’s game. During each match, witness two brand-new alliances of 3 robots each face off against each other. Come join us as we celebrate 8 years of FIRST Robotics Competition Regional events for Iowa teams!

Here is how YOU can get involved:

Families, Alumni, & the Public

  • Cheer on teams during exciting matches in McLeod!
  • Meet teams in their pits and learn more about preparing for the game in the Dome!
  • Root for your local team!
  • Support STEM in Iowa!
  • Be inspired by the innovation of our youth!
  • Get in the spirit - Costumes are welcome! This year's theme is all about energy!

Saturday is the perfect day for family participation in the Iowa Regional. Concessions will be open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Park in the West Dome or South Art parking lots. Parking is $TBD/car. Admission is Free. If you can't make it Saturday, the event is open on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. through 5:45 p.m. Learn more about the FIRST Robotics Competition Iowa Regional.  

Saturday Schedule of Public Events

  • 8:30AM-9:00AM Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:00AM-12:15PM Qualification Matches
  • 12:15PM-12:30PM Alliance Selections
  • 12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch
  • 1:30PM-4:30PM Playoff Matches
  • 4:30PM-6:00PM Awards Ceremony  

Learn about the Game

2023 FIRST Robotics Competition Game Logo - Charged Up Presented by HASS.

UNI Faculty, Staff and Students

  • Serve as a Volunteer
  • Encourage participation by your class or student group
  • Bring your own family to the event

Volunteer - The Iowa Regional is seeking volunteers to assist with field reset, safety goggle monitoring, crowd control, and other activities. Volunteers should be available at least one full day or two half days between Wednesday and Saturday. Apply to volunteer by signing up with FIRST VIMS. Select Iowa and the Cedar Falls Event - Iowa Regional. In the notes field, please identify that you are a UNI faculty, staff, student or alumni. Questions? Contact:


Organize a formal or informal UNI student tour - Faculty and UNI Student Groups, bring your whole class/group or send your students/members individually to the Iowa Regional. The Iowa Regional is open to the public, so your students can visit at any time. However, you can increase the value of their experience by scheduling an Ambassador's Tour of the event for your class. If you schedule an Ambassador's tour, FIRST Robotics Competition Team Member Ambassadors will meet with small groups of your students and take them on a tour of the pits, explain the game, and watch a match with them. This is a great way for UNI students in education and STEM majors to experience the Iowa Regional. 

To schedule an Ambassador Tour please contact us by March 10.