Team Neutrino faces the exciting challenge of building a robot to compete in FIRST Robotics Competition events. The team was founded in 2012 as a 4-H club and is composed of high school students from Iowa’s Story County area. Students work alongside mentors to solve problems and learn about the field of engineering. Students are responsible for building the robot, marketing the team, creating a positive team image, designing a website, and fundraising. Team Neutrino students also volunteer their time to community events such as mentoring children through summer camps, providing robot demonstrations and doing community service projects.
Neutrinos are teeny, tiny, nearly massless particles that travel at near light speed. Born from violent astrophysical events like exploding stars and gamma ray bursts, they are fantastically abundant in the universe, and can move as easily through lead as we move through air. But they are notoriously difficult to pin down. They are also one of the universe’s essential ingredients, and they’ve played a role in helping scientists understand some of the most fundamental questions in physics. (Information from PBS NewsHour)