Congratulations to Story County’s Team Neutrino, winners of the FIRST Robotics Engineering Inspiration award at the Minnesota North Star regional in March. This award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for the STEM fields within a team’s school(s) and community, and building a robot that performs exceptionally. Winning this award guarantees the team a place at the FIRST Championships held in St. Louis, Mo., this April 23–26, the $5,000 registration fee graciously paid for by NASA. Here Team Neutrino will compete with over 400 FRC teams from all over the world.

FIRST Team Neutrino 4-H began here in Ames in 2011, and since then, we have expanded to include multiple schools in Story County. We are grateful for the support that Iowa State University gives us through access to their fabrication lab and experienced mentors. With this support from ISU and Engineering mentors (many of whom came from FIRST teams at their high schools) and Story County 4-H, the past three years have been successful in offering this program to our high school students in Story County. One important goal of the team is to bring information and support about this and other STEM programs back to Story County. This includes helping the Ames FLL teams, showcasing the robot and FIRST programs at VEISHEA, county and state fairs, the Iowa State Capitol and many other outreach events. We would also like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their generous donations and support to the team; Danfoss, John Deere, CIT Signature Transportation, Quality Manufacturing, city of Ames, Solidworks, Story County 4-H Foundation, Iowa State University Robotics Club, Boyd Lab, Kemin, Emerson Process Management, Github, Ames Cars and Frontline Bioenergy.