2015 Game: Recycle Rush

This year’s game is called Recycle Rush. Recycle Rush is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter.

This is the game video introducing this year’s game.

We made good use of kickoff day. After watching the kickoff broadcast, we read through the rules and strategized.

Kickoff 2015

Team Neutrino is excited for the 2015 season kickoff. At 9:30 on January 3rd, FIRST will release the new game we will have to build a robot to play. After learning the game, we will have six weeks to build it before it is sealed in a bag for competition.

You can view the kickoff broadcast below:

Mentoring FLL Teams

Over the past FLL season, seven Neutrinos mentored four Ames Middle School FLL teams. Mentors started meeting with the teams midway through their season. In this volunteering opportunity, we worked hard to give the teams guidance and advice about programming, robot design, the project, presentation, and core values. The teams were better prepared for their competition this year, and so three teams won an award and one team qualified for the Iowa State Championships. This program took our team’s outreach to the next level because prior to this fall, our team had not mentored FLL teams this closely. With this program, we were able to work with them more often and more in depth. About forty students in FLL were impacted, and we volunteered for a total of about 113 hours. The mentoring program concluded with us attending their regional competition at Maxwell-Collins.

Building FLL Kits Part 2

Yesterday, twenty Neutrinos and mentors gathered to assemble FIRST Lego League mission models that will be used in Iowa Regionals and the State Championship. In total, We made about eight kits. We are excited to volunteer on December 13 at the FLL regional at the Science Center of Iowa.