FTC Team Photon

Team Neutrino sponsored and assisted a new FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team this summer, Team Photon 18050. Team Photon encourages members to try out different areas of the team, whereas Neutrino recommends students gain in-depth knowledge by focusing on a few specific sub-teams. Prior to 2020, there were no FTC teams in Ames. Team Neutrino has talked about starting an FTC team for several years, and Neutrino mentor Dagney Paskach recognized the incoming freshman class would exceed Team Neutrino’s capacity. So Team Photon was started as a second option to involve Ames High students in FIRST. Team Neutrino provided funding for half of the initial registration of Team Photon, and included Team Photon members in Neutrino-led summer training camps to educate them in areas such as graphics, fundraising, and design. With that training, Team Photon has been working on finishing their robot drive base, designing team shirts, and starting a Robot Design Challenge outreach program at Fellows Elementary School.

Lastly, both teams enjoyed integrated small “buddy” groups during the summer that provided a chance to make friends and start a social partnership between the teams. Good luck to Team Photon (@FTC_TeamPhoton on Twitter and Instagram) in all their new opportunities and the 2020-2021 Ultimate Goal season!

FLL Unconference 2020

Team Neutrino is hosting our annual FLL Unconference online this year, open to anyone who’d like to attend! 

What is an Unconference?
Unlike a conference that has planned presentations, each 30-minute session is broken up into discussion topics related to FLL that anyone can join in on. This will provide a way for current, new, and prospective FLL coaches and mentors to share their experiences, questions, advice, etc. as preparation for the coming season. The Unconference will be a great way to connect coaches and mentors, creating a support network for us to help each other before, during, and after the coming season and into future years! This event is open for everyone, parents and anyone else interested are welcome!

This year’s FLL Unconference will be held online via Zoom from 6:00-8:30pm on Friday, August 7th, 2020. You can preview the schedule of sessions here.

“NEW-trino” Meeting 2020

Interested in joining Team Neutrino? We’d love to have you! Team Neutrino is a high school robotics team that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The “NEW-trino” informational meeting will be via Zoom call May 21st (Thursday) from 6-8 pm and May 23rd (Saturday) from 2-4 pm. In this call, there will be a presentation about the team and a Q&A session. This call is for anyone interested in learning more about the team, students and parents alike. Please fill out this form if you are interested!

Virtual Chairman’s Exchanges

The Chairman’s award is one of the most prestigious awards in FIRST, and quite a lengthy process to complete, with four aspects of the submission. To help teams practice and share information, many regionals have Chairman’s Exchanges, where teams can practice presenting and ask questions of each other.

In wake of the 2020 Season being suspended, Team Neutrino is partnering with other teams to host Virtual Chairman’s Exchanges to provide teams that same opportunity in these trying times. Below is a list of all the exchanges happening, their dates, and a form to sign up for the exchange. Attendance is limited to six presenting teams and a total of 100 participants for the sake of time and call quality, so sign up soon!

Teams are invited to watch, present, and ask questions at the exchanges. We ask that each individual that wants to attend to fill out the session form (i.e. instead of one person signing their team up to present, we ask that each presenter must fill out the form). We’ll see you there!


Chairman’s Exchange hosted by FRC 3928 Team Neutrino
Saturday, April 4th from 1:00-3:00pm CST.

Chairman’s Exchange hosted by FRC 967 Iron Lions
Tuesday, April 7th from 7:00-9:00pm CST.

Chairman’s Exchange hosted by FTC/FRC alumna Erin Mitchell
Saturday, April 11th from 2:00-4:00pm EST.

Chairman’s Exchange hosted by FRC 1023 Bedford Express
Wednesday, April 15 from 7:00-9:00pm EST.

Greater Kansas City Wrap Up 2020

From February 28th – March 1st, Team Neutrino had a fantastic time competing at the Greater Kansas City Regional in Lee’s Summit, Missouri! After 72 qualification matches, the team was ranked 3rd and was the captain of the 3rd seed alliance. With our alliance partners 4499 Highlanders and 1982 Cougar Robotics, Team Neutrino advanced to the finals where they upset the 1st seed alliance to win the regional and advance to the World Championships in Detroit, MI this April. This is the first time in the team’s history they have placed 1st at a regional competition. Team Neutrino was also fortunate enough to win the Engineering Inspiration award at the GKC Regional. Although we were lucky enough to have been able to compete this year, we know that many FRC teams around the world did not have the same opportunity, and our sympathies go out to them in this difficult time.