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STUDENTS

Our team is made up of students from the Iowa City area. We have members from City High School, Liberty High School, and West High School. We welcome students from 9th to 12th grade. Fill out this form or contact us if you are interested in joining our team.

MENTORS

Our team has professional engineers and specialists in STEM fields that volunteer as mentors. These include teachers from the Iowa City Community School District, engineers from BAE Systems, and more. Contact us if you are interested in mentoring our team.

MEETINGS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently meeting online only. Contact us or check the team calendar for current meeting information.

Typically, we hold meetings at the Kirkwood Regional Center on Oakdale Blvd. in Coralville. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the preseason (September-December). During the build season (January-April), we meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In the offseason (May-August), we meet every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Check our team calendar for an updated meeting schedule.

COMPETITIONS

We typically compete in two regional competitions each year. We attend competitions in Iowa and surrounding states. The world championship is held in Detroit, Michigan. We last qualified in 2020.

OUTREACH

During the offseason, our team travels to various schools, fairs, businesses, and events to show off our robot and teach kids about STEM. We have been featured in the Iowa State Fair, the Coralville Children’s Museum's STEM Night, and the Iowa City Arts Festival. We also run educational camps in robotics and programming for kids from 3rd to 8th grade. Contact us if you are interested in having our team come to your event or location.


SPONSORSHIP

We would not be able to function without the generous donations and support of our sponsors. They have helped to inspire futures in STEM careers and spread awareness about STEM in our community. We thank them all for their generous support. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

VOLUNTEER

If you are unable to directly support Team 167, volunteering with FIRST is another great opportunity. Alumni, parents, and anyone interested in STEM are all encouraged to volunteer at FIRST events. Click here to learn more about volunteering with FIRST.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Junior Bots Camp

We offer two summer camps: a LEGO® Robotics camp and a Python Programming camp for students in the 3rd through 8th grades.

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FTC Team 8696

Want to try something less involved? Check out our sister FIRST® Tech Challenge team, Trobotix!

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Financial Support

Even if you are not able to volunteer your time, you can still help inspire our students! It takes a lot of funding to run our program. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so all donations are tax deductible.

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