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During August, 2022 we will be hosting a Coach/Mentor Professional Development. This Professional Development was open to all coaches, new or experienced. 


August 1 - 3, 2022

  • Interactive and hands-on sessions about a variety of topics for FTC.
  • To share best practices, New and Returning coaches and experienced volunteers are welcomed each of the days.


  • The Seamans Center for Engineering Arts & Sciences, University of Iowa, 103 S. Capitol Street, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Hotel block: Hyatt Place, 255 E Court Street, Iowa City (10 min walk)
    • King Bed: $99/night
    • Two Queen Beds: $109/night
    • Reservation Link Make sure the Corporate/Group Code is G-HFTG
    • Phone: 800-591-1234 and reference "FIRST Tech Challenge - Professional Development"
    • Deadline for Reservations: July 4, 2022
    • Due to limited parking, it is recommended for vehicles to stay at the hotel and walk to the conference location.

Goals of the PD:

  • Prepare coaches and mentors for an upcoming FTC Season.
  • Connect coaches and mentors with each other, future connections for future questions or issues.
  • Educate attendees about recent or new changes within FTC.
  • Expand the knowledge base of attendees. Help attendees think outside of the box of what they normally would have considered.
  • Have participants go through a mini-season within a team: a build season; a "tournament" with a judging interview, matches and an alliance selection.
  • Share the expectations FTC-Iowa has for coaches and mentors.
  • To be as interactive as possible. Lots of small group activities. Less presentations.

Topics Which Will Be Covered:

  • Hopes and Expectations
  • Being an effective coach & mentor
    • Tips from returning coaches
    • Sharing of Resources
    • Volunteering at Events
    • Hosting an event
  • Team dynamics
    • How to recruit students
    • How to divide a large team
    • How to divide students between two teams
  • Judging
    • How to win awards
    • Becoming a judge
    • The Engineering Portfolio
  • The Engineering Design Process
  • What to expect during Team Inspections
  • Programming 101
  • A Simulated Competition Season

How to Register:

We hope you find information during this Professional Development to be helpful and beneficial to you and your team(s).