FIRST Championship St. Louis 2017

Team Neutrino made the long trek to St. Louis, Missouri to compete in the second FIRST Championship from April 26-29. We competed in the Darwin Division against 68 other teams. We played in qualification matches 8, 14, 30, 38, 47, 60, 69, 84, 95, and 111. The competition was stiff, but we still came out of qualification matches with 6 wins, only 3 losses, and a tie. We ranked 11 and were the first pick by the number 8 seeded alliance, led by #1506 Metal Muscle, for playoffs. We also partnered with #4391 BraveBots and #3277 ProDigi. In an intense round of quarterfinals we were eliminated after two rounds with the number one seeded alliance.
While the team worked hard on the field, our Chairman’s team prepared equally diligently to compete for the Chairman’s award at Champs. Having won the Chairman’s award at the Minnesota North Star Regional, our team was very excited to present on Friday the 28th!

This competition was a valuable experience for the team; we had the opportunity to meet new people, visit workshops to improve our team and learn new techniques, and we had a fantastic time. Thank you to all the sponsors, mentors, and parents that make this possible for us! This is truly an investment for our futures, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Story County 4-H FIRST Robotics Team to Compete at World Championships

Team Neutrino will compete at FIRST Robotics World Championships April 26-29

AMES, IA– Story County 4-H Team Neutrino competed at the North Star FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 5-8, 2017. After 80 qualification matches, the team was ranked second, and finished in elimination matches as semifinalists.

Team Neutrino then won the most prestigious award in FIRST, the Chairman’s Award, which honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.

The team submitted an essay and executive summary, and gave a presentation to the judges about how the team has influenced its members and their communities. Last year, Team Neutrino put in 2,600 volunteer hours, reached out to 140,000 individuals, and attended 29 outreach events. These included the Mini Maker Faire, Girls in Science Festival, Science Nights, and the Iowa State Fair. In addition to outreach, Team Neutrino values mentoring other FIRST teams and has started a total of 27 teams, and mentored 40.

Winning the Chairman’s Award qualified them for the World Championships in St. Louis on April 26 – April 29, 2017 where they will compete with more than 400 other teams from 5 different countries, including 6 other Iowa teams.

This year is Team Neutrino’s sixth season, and work began in January, with team members working up to twenty-six hours a week outside of school hours. The team meets on Iowa State campus through their partnership with the university. Members of the team come from Ballard, Nevada, and Ames High School. Team mentors include John Deere employees, Interstate Battery employees, Iowa State University students, team alumni and parents of team members.

Team Neutrino requires abundant resources to create a functional robot and meet their annual team expenses. Support for the team comes from grants, in-kind donations and the support of many sponsors and partners: John Deere, Danfoss, Monsanto Fund, CIT Signature Transportation, Quality Manufacturing, Interstate Batteries, Ames Electric Services, Iowa 4-H Foundation, Emerson, Jimmy John’s, Meier Bernstein Arts in STEM Project, Thrivent Financial, Accurate Perforating Company, Story County 4-H, Boyd Lab, and the Iowa State College of Engineering. The team especially appreciates John Deere who provides them with not only registration fees and mentors, but a total of $13,000 for the season.

For more information about Team Neutrino, or to watch the live webcast, visit their website at