Team Neutrino’s TV Show “Full STEAM Ahead” Premieres!

We produced a TV show! Team Neutrino has created an educational children’s show to inspire young students to be engaged in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). The TV show, Full STEAM Ahead, will start airing Saturday, August 27th weekly at 10 am.

For the past two years, Team Neutrino has been working on producing an educational children’s TV show, Full STEAM Ahead. Full STEAM Ahead strives to illustrate fun and creative ways for students to engage in STEAM. The show is seven episodes long. In each episode, Team Neutrino takes students to various locations around the Ames community, such as the Virtual Reality Applications Center at Iowa State and the SportsIowa athletic complex to learn about different STEAM topics. In each episode, team members also walk students through an experiment they can do at home to learn more about the subject.

The Full STEAM Ahead project was inspired by our YouTube series, Stay-At-Home-STEAM (SAHS), which was an effort to engage young students with at-home STEAM activities amidst the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The show consisted of 27 episodes that were published over the course of nine weeks. The SAHS series helped the team to win the prestigious Chairman’s Award in 2021, which recognizes a team who spread the FIRST organization’s mission of educating youth and inspiring them to pursue STEAM. This past year, Team Neutrino was awarded the Regional 2022 Chairman’s Award and was internationally recognized with the Championship Engineering Inspiration Award, which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community. These feats would not have been possible without the students’ effort for both series.

The Full STEAM Ahead show will be broadcasted on APATV 121-16 and streamed on YouTube the day after its original airing. Join us and watch the premiere of the first episode to learn about robotics and make a craft to take home on August 27th, 10 am at the Ames Public Library!

Ames Fundraiser – Team Neutrino


Next week, Team Neutrino will be engaging with the local Ames community and fundraising for the 2022 season with our garage sale! On Saturday October 9th from 8am to 4pm, stop by for furniture, electronics, toys, clothes, LEGOs, dining/kitchen supplies, and more— or, simply stop by to learn more about our program first-hand from our students.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit FIRST Team Neutrino 4-H, a local non-profit committed to instilling the next generation of students with hands-on STEM experience. Funds raised will cover everything from competition costs to community outreach supplies and allow Team Neutrino to continue to fulfill our mission of providing valuable local STEM education.

More information can be found on the attached flyer. We hope you stop by!

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.

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.