Don't miss the FIRST Robotics Competition Iowa Regional

The FRC Iowa Regional for 2020 is canceled.  Please read this notice for additional details about FIRST Events. 
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Participate in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) 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 45 FRC teams from the Midwest and around the world 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, INFINITE RECHARGESM. During each match, witness two brand-new alliances of 3 robots each face off against each other.  Come join us for the 5th Anniversary of the FRC Iowa Regional in 2020!

Here is how YOU can get involved:

Families, Alumni, & the PublicFIRST FRC 2020 Logo - Infinite Recharge - a city street with a grid on the roadway.

  • Cheer on FRC teams during exciting matches in McLeod!
  • Meet team members up close in their pits in the Dome!
  • Root for your local FRC 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 inspired by Star Wars - RISE.

Saturday is the perfect day for family participation in FRC. Concessions will be open from 12:30 to 4:30 pm on Saturday. Park in the West Dome or South Art parking lots. Parking is $TBD/car. Admission is Free.  Don't forget to take a tour of the pits (where the teams work on their robots). Safety glasses are available for loan during pit visits.  If you can't make it Saturday, the event is open on Thursday from 8:30 am through 6:00 pm and on Friday from 8:00 am through 5:45 pm. 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                                                                                          

School Groups

We recommend that school groups visit Thursday afternoon between noon and 3:00 pm to view practice matches or Friday morning between 9:00 am and noon for qualifying matches.  If you are organizing a school group, please email with the school, grade level and number of students, and approximate visit times.

Learn about the Game

UNI Faculty, Staff and Students

Volunteer - The FRC Regional is seeking volunteers to assist with field reset, safety google 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 FRC 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 FRC Regional. The FRC 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, FRC 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 FRC Regional. 

UNI Education Majors - Friday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm there is even more for YOU to see! 4th-7th grade FIRST Lego League Teams and 7th-12th grade FIRST Tech Challenge Teams will be demonstrating their levels of FIRST in the Dome at this time. Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors may want to visit the regional between 9:30 and 11:30 am on Saturday to see presentations by FIRST Lego League Junior teams. These are the youngest member of FIRST. Feel free to drop in or schedule an Ambassadors Tour.

To schedule an Ambassador Tour please contact by March 13.

FIRST Robotics Competition INFINITE RECHARGE Lockup Images, the competition logo over a futuristic cityscape.