North Star Regional


northstarfinals We finished quals being seeded first. We picked 2574 (second seed) to be our second alliance pick and 4239 to be our third alliance pick. We made it through elims pretty well with the exception of the last 2 finals matches when we lost to the 3rd seeded alliance captain due to pneumatics problems not allowing us to shoot or climb. Even though we experienced this tragic event that blew our team away, we continued showing our gracious professionalism. As one of the regional event directors told me, our gracious professionalism really showed through and she could tell that we were a 4-H team because of the heart we showed by giving up our timeout before the first finals match to the other alliance to allow them to re-image a crio. After the last finals match, I took a photo of what the front of our robot looked like (see the photo to the left). We seriously got hit hard by another team as the hex aluminum tube was bent in fairly far and our bumpers were also bent in. We brought home the Innovation in Controls award for our work with our 7 disk auton. We are sad to say that our season has ended with this unfortunate set of events and that we won’t be attending Champs like we all were looking so forward to doing, especially the graduating seniors. Keep checking back here for updates from the team throughout the off-season of our outreach activities.


Hello! The past 2 days have been pretty hectic and exciting! As of tonight, us and Iron Lions are undefeated and ranked #1 and #2 respectively at North Star. SwartDogs are ranked #3 across the street at 10,000 lakes. We have been working hard, analyzing data and playing out all the possible situations during alliance selection tomorrow.


Good morning! We are excited and pumped for the North Star Regional! Keep tabs on us by following us on Facebook or Twitter! Also, check back nightly for updates from each day at regionals!
Until later tonight or tomorrow, keep your robots on! -David

Team Neutrino finishes as Second Regional Finalist in Kansas City

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Kansas City, Missouri – Story County’s 4-H FIRST Robotic Competition (FRC) Team Neutrino attended the Greater Kansas City FIRST Robotics Competition Regional at Hale Arena this past weekend. The team of high schoolers designed and fabricated a robot to complete the challenge of retrieving and shooting Frisbees into goals almost 8 feet in the air and climbing a 7 ½ foot pyramid during the regional competition.
Team Neutrino finished with a record of 11-4-0. They won the Excellence in Engineering Award for the design, elegance, and accuracy of their drive train, shooter, and pickup arm.
On Saturday, they were selected by the second seeded Team 1939 the Kuh-nig-its, from Kansas City, Missouri, to be their second alliance partner in the elimination rounds along with Team 1987 Broncobots, from Lees Summit Missouri, They easily won their two quarterfinal matches scoring a total of 223 points. In semifinals, they continued their push for a chance to compete at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, when they recorded their second highest match score of 133 points. This win built the confidence that carried the team to the finals. Unfortunately their run ended early after their first finals match, when they were forced to drop out due to a failed speed controller in their drive train system. The Kuh-nig-its substituted their selected backup robot in Team Neutrino’s place during the second finals match where they could not hold back the first seeded alliance. Along with the Kuh-nig-its, Team Neutrino claimed the second finalist award.
Team Neutrino is already looking ahead to their next regional in Minneapolis. The team is planning to work hard over their spring break to fabricate a completely new climbing system named ‘Kraken 2.0’. You can virtually join them at their second regional happening in Minneapolis, March 29th and 30th, by visiting to watch the live webcast.
For more details on the North Star Minneapolis regional along with a link to a live video feed, please visit To learn more about Team Neutrino visit, or for additional Story County 4-H program information, contact Mary Wilkins, County 4-H Youth Coordinator, by phone 515-382-6551, email [email protected], or visit
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs are available to all without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

Greater Kansas City Regionals

Saturday – Day 3

So today we exceeded all of our expectations. We were ranked eighth up until the last match when a team in 14th place jumped up and pushed us back to ninth place. At the alliance selection before lunch, we moved up to become the eighth seeded alliance captain after SWAT was picked by the first ranked team. But when it came to the second seeded alliance selection, The Kuh-nig-its selected us as their first team on their alliance. We were honored to be selected to be on their alliance. We did very good as can be seen on TBA. We made it through elims, quarter, and semi-finals very well. But after the first final match, we noticed we had an issue with one of the victors that was driving one of our drive train wheels when the first finals match ended and we went to grab our robot. That should have pointed out that our victors was bad. We concluded that some metal got in it, and it burnt out when it was open. But our drive team did a great job driving our robot with that issue. We were proud to finish in second place and wish Kuh-nig-its well in St. Louis.

Friday – Day 2

Today was the start of the qualifier matches. We did pretty well, ending up being ranked 15th overall out of 53 teams, not too bad for Day 1. Our 7-disk 42 point auton is meant by only 1 other team, whom is currently in first. We had a match where we lost by 3 points.
At the awards ceremony today, we were greatly surprised and deeply humbled when we were announced as the winner of the Delphi Excellence in Engineering award. The judges noticed our disk pickup, accurate shooter, and drive train. We would like to thank the judges for selecting us to receive this honorable award, along with our fantastic mentors who helped us to design our award winning subsystems.
Once we got back to our mentor’s house, we focused on reviewing scouting results for 4 hours. We finalized our selections/strategy for tomorrow. Our coder also finished a 5 disk auton that works in conjunction with other autons for tomorrow.
We are hoping for a successful day tomorrow. In the mean time, check out our release of Kraken 1.0 along with photos from today.

Thursday – Day 1

I’m going to keep this update kinda short as it’s almost 1 (on Friday). Yesterday we ran practice matches on the robot while perfecting odds and ends to make our robot better and adding some nice led lighting on top as well. Here is the set of photos we shot of robots for our scouting. As promised for other teams, you can find OUR photos here and here.
Check out our LIVE Events Coverage page for match schedules and results and the live stream!

Wednesday – Day 0

We made it to Kansas City! We would first like to thank several people who helped us attend the KC regional. Our transportation sponsor, CIT Signature Transportation, who drove us to Kansas City and are transporting us around Kansas City and back home. We would also like to thank our mentor Corey and his family for accommodating us while we are in Kansas City. Major thanks also goes out to Team 1710 for housing our mentors.
We would also like to thank YOU, our friends, family, parents, sponsors, and fans for keeping up with the team and following us either physically or virtually! Without you, we wouldn’t be a team.
Tomorrow, Day 1, is practice day and fixing up our competition robot. We will also be starting to scout other teams. I will be attending a training to be a part of the KC Regionals Media Relations Team, so look for updates throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook. I will be posting daily updates above at the end of each day, so keep checking back.

Until tomorrow, keep those batteries charged! -David

Team Neutrino attending Greater Kansas City Regional

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Date: March 12th, 2013
Contact: David Runneals, Co-Captain
E-Mail: [email protected]
Web Site:

Ames, Iowa – Story County’s FIRST Robotic Competition (FRC) 4-H Team Neutrino is attending the Greater Kansas City FRC Regional, March 15th and 16th at Hale Arena. The 120 pound robot that was designed and manufactured by the Story 4-H’ers will compete in the challenges of retrieving and shooting frisbees into goals almost 8 feet in the air and climbing a 7 ½ foot pyramid among other things during the Greater Kansas City Regional and the North Star Regional, March 29th and 30th in Minneapolis.
For more information on the Greater Kansas City Regionals along with details on how you can follow and watch us live, please visit
To learn more about Team Neutrino visit, or for additional Story County 4-H Program information, contact Mary Wilkins, County 4-H Youth Coordinator, by phone 515-382-6551, email [email protected], or visit

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs are available to all without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.


About the 2013 Ultimate AscentSM challenge
The 2013 game, ULTIMATE ASCENT, is played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many flying discs into their goals as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Discs scored in higher goals score Alliances more points. Matches end with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field.
About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $16 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to
FRC is an annual competition that helps students to discover the excitement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the rewards a career in STEM can bring. Approximately 51,000 high-school students from 16 countries will participate in the 2013 competition.
In 1992, the FIRST Robotics Competition began with 28 teams and a single 14-by-14-foot playing field in a New Hampshire high-school gym. This season, a projected 2,550 teams – including 375 rookie teams – will participate. Fifty eight Regional competitions in the U.S., Canada, and Israel, plus 17 District competitions, one State Championship, and one Region Championship will culminate at the 2013 FIRST Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, April 24-27. FIRST programs are spearheaded by more than 120,000 dedicated Volunteers worldwide, most of them professional engineers, scientists, and teachers who mentor the next generation of innovators.
FIRST and the FIRST logo are registered trademarks of the United States Foundation For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). LEGO® is a registered trademark of The LEGO Group.

Media Note: Please contact David if you are interested in conducting an interview with the team. They will be in Kansas City, March 13th through March 16th.

Week 9 Updates

Hello Friends who love Robots,
It’s nearing the end of the week and I just wanted to update you on this week’s activities and detail our first regional next week!

Resetting Kraken for the first time on 3/4/13!

Resetting Kraken for the first time on 3/4/13!

We have been very busy finishing Kraken. We got our Kraken resetter built, and tried it out on Monday night, which was quite nerve wracking once you find out the secrets about Kraken. Kraken works pretty well, although we are going to be finishing it up next week. It also climbed the tower much faster then we all expected.
Week 2 Regionals are going on NOW (if you read this between 3/7/13 and 3/10/13). Go check them out on TBA’s Game Day Page!

OUR Regional Info

The clock is ticking even closer to our very FIRST (hahaha) regional of the year. This year’s FIRST regional is the Week 3 Greater Kansas City Regional. I created a page which I will keep (or try to keep anyway) updated. This page contains links to everything that you need to have to be able to follow us from the time we head down to regionals, to the time when we get back! To visit it, just go to, it’s as easy as that!