IEEE Iowa-Illinois Section & Computer Society Meeting – Saturday, Feb 19, 2022



TOPIC:                  QC Elite Robotics Team Demonstration & Pizza Lunch


QC Elite Team 648 Robotics ( ) competes annually to inspire its Quad Cities high school participants to be future engineers and scientists.  Each January, teams across the country receive a robot kit, and must design and build a robot over the next two months to compete against robots from other teams in the region, leading to the international competition.  Each year’s contest is new, requiring distinctive robot behaviors.  (2012’s robot shot baskets with a regulation basketball.)


QC Elite is nearing completion of its 2022 robot design and build.  The team will be working all day Saturday, Feb 19, as the deadline approaches to seal the robot from further development prior to competition. This year’s team includes about 15 students and engineer advisors.  This meeting will be informal, watching students put the finishing touches on the robot.  The IEEE St. Ambrose University Student Branch is treating the team to pizza for lunch.   Feel welcome to bring along family members or a young aspiring scientist or engineer.


The team will display and explain the mechanical, electrical, and programming features of this year’s robot that distinguish it from past competitions.


LOCATION:             Arconic Learning Center, Manor Drive, Riverdale, IA


DIRECTIONS:         The Arconic Learning center is located on Manor Drive, Riverdale, Iowa, just off US

67 directly across from Alcoa.  Driving northward from Bettendorf on US 67, pass the stoplight entrance to the Arconic plant, pass the stoplight at the fire station, and then turn left onto Manor drive. The parking lot entrance is the first right on Manor drive.  Another approach is to exit Interstate 80 southward onto U.S. 67, in which case one turns right onto Manor drive just before the stop light at the fire station. 


AGENDA:                 11:15-Noon     Arrival and informal observation of team building activity  

Noon-12:30     Lunch - Assorted Pizza, Chips, Cookies, Soft Drinks/Lemonade/Water

12:30-1:00       Brief presentation on this year’s design and build

COST:                        No Charge


RESERVATIONS:   Contact Gary Monnard, the St. Ambrose IEEE Student Branch Counselor at or (563) 333-6181.  Please indicate if you are an IEEE member.  (Reservations are not required, but it helps to know about how many plan to attend.)


                                                     (Donations to IEEE Student Branch are welcome but not required)

  Date and Time




  • Date: 19 Feb 2022
  • Time: 11:15 AM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
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  • 4900 State St
  • Riverdale, Iowa
  • United States 52722
  • Building: Arconic Learning Center (Formerly Alocoa Learning Center)

  • Starts 12 February 2022 06:30 AM
  • Ends 18 February 2022 11:59 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge