BETTENDORF, IOWA (January 16, 2024) — We need your help! You can volunteer for the FIRST Tech Challenge student robotics competitions in West Burlington on January 20.

FIRST Tech Challenge students learn to think like engineers. Teams design, build, and code robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by Android technology, and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming.

The West Burlington Iowa event, called the Horace Pippin League Tournament, is on January 20. For more information and to sign up, go to

No prior experience is needed, and you don't need to be a STEM professional. We need volunteers for many positions, including judges. Teams are judged on their robot designs and community outreach.

Online training will be provided for judges and other positions as needed. You'll have a great time as you interact with excited and talented middle to high school students working in teams to compete for awards. Check out to learn more about FIRST and its programs.

In addition, the Bettendorf Iowa event, called the Edward Savage League Tournament, is on January 27.

More information and sign up can be found at

If you have never been a FIRST volunteer and you want to learn more about FIRST (or you want to sign up for the first time), you can go to

If you still have questions about volunteering for these and other FTC events, contact Rebecca Whitaker at

Help us motivate students to pursue STEM careers by donating to QCESC. As a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses to help us provide STEM scholarships and grants. Donations, large and small, help us continue and grow these programs. If you would like to make a donation, visit our website

Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) is a non-profit, 501c3 organization. Our EIN is 42-1150832.

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