On Monday, members of our team presented our 2014 robot and information about our team and FIRST to students and their families. Around 250 kids attended with around 450 people impacted overall. This was a great opportunity to inspire students in pursuing STEM fields.
We arrived in Minneapolis on Wednesday night and began the North Star competition on Thursday morning. After setting up our pit, we reassembled our robot and began to make some improvements that we had created since Central Illinois. We added a new tote ramp and improved our recycling container intaking. Our team did a great job working hard, so didn’t miss any practice matches. On Thursday, the scouts practiced scouting using our new scouting database.
On Friday, we completed our eight qualification matches. Despite a communication problem in the first match that left us immobile, we ended the day with a strong ranking. In addition, we had a great performance by our Chairman’s Award presenters. All of our pit representatives did a great job talking to judges.
After three qualification rounds, we were ranked 7th with an average score of 68.70. We were selected by 3883 Data Bits and selected 5339 Hurricanes to play with us in the playoffs. We were excited to get the opportunity to play with them! We added a center step recycling container grabber to our robot for the playoffs.
After two high scoring rounds, we were eliminated in the playoffs. Despite this, we had a great time watching the other teams rack up exceptional scores. In the awards ceremony, our vey own Dagney Paskach won the Deans List Finalist award! Congratulations to fellow Iowan teams 5576 Terminator and 967 Iron Lions for their awards and qualification to the World Championship.
For Ames residents interested in learning more about water conservation, reducing electric consumption, Energy Star appliances, low impact landscaping, shrinking their carbon footprint, getting involved in environmental issues, and more, the annual Eco Fair has the answers! From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, the Community Center Gymnasium, 515 Clark Ave., will be filled with booths, vendors, activities, and displays focusing on how residents can reduce, reuse, and recycle.
The Eco Fair promises an exciting, educational, and fun experience for all ages! Participants will have the opportunity to talk with City of Ames staff, interact with vendors, and learn about energy-saving products and services. The Eco Fair provides one-stop shopping for all types of conservation materials, vendor information, and energy-saving tips. Additionally, the event provides a broad array of conservation information including displays about the City of Ames’ Eco Smart programs, which include electricity, water, watershed, transportation, housing, and trash. Vendors and organizations from around the community and Iowa State University will be participating in the event.
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Team Neutrino will be selling e-Watt saver LED lightbulbs to fundraise for our team. Please come and support us while watching the live video stream of our competition! We hope to see you there!