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John Deere Financial Hosting FIRST® Tech Challenge – Iowa Qualifier

Posted January 20, 2015 in Community Web Exclusives, Johnston

Jan. 14, 2015 (JOHNSTON, Iowa) – As part of the John Deere INSPIRE initiative,     John Deere will host a League Championship tournament of the FIRST® Tech Challenge–Iowa, a program of the national nonprofit organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), on Saturday, January 24, at the John Deere Financial headquarters in Johnston, Iowa.

Agenda: Opening Remarks: Dan Leibfried, Director Solutions Infrastructure, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group

Full agenda HERE

Closing Remarks: Manish Sharma

Director, Global Information Technology, John Deere Financial

Where:          6400 NW 86th Street, Johnston, Iowa

When:         Saturday, January 24, with remarks from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.


The John Deere INSPIRE initiative was created to inspire the next generation of innovators through education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) coupled with connections and experiences in the real world. As part of this initiative, John Deere is collaborating with FIRST for its organizational values and proven STEM programs that are available to students around the world.

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC®) – Iowa is a robotic competition for middle school and high school students grades 7 – 12 that provides participants with hands-on exploration of the principles of STEM. A total of 25 teams from around Iowa will compete in the FTC–Iowa League Championship at John Deere Financial for an opportunity to advance to the FTC–Iowa Championship held in early March at the University of Iowa.

During the FTC season, teams of up to ten students experience the engineering process firsthand, learning about science, iterative design and programming, as well as the basic tenets of teamwork and gracious professionalism. The season culminates in exciting, sports-like tournaments that allow teams to compete against one another in order to qualify for state and national championships.


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John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) brings enhancements to equipment through advanced, customer focused technologies. ISG aspires to improve our customers’ productivity, efficiency, and profitability, so our customers can feed, fuel, and clothe the world. ISG’s products and services are focused on connecting operators with their machines using innovative technology, allowing for greater control and automation through data. ISG employees are developing and delivering these technologies for our Ag & Turf and Construction & Forestry divisions, all around the world.

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