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Build Season Week 3

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Written by Lara Fernandes ’18 and Sakshi Shrivastava ’20

The third week of Build Season is over and the committees have been working hard on finalizing CAD and moving forward to manufacture the components for the robot.

Programming has been busy coding for different sensors on the robot. They’ve programmed for the gyro-sensor, accelerometers, 5 different encoders and driving for a 6-wheel robot. They’ve also worked with image sensing and cameras to combat the issue of low visibility with this year’s game.

From changing their board size and configuration to finalizing encoders and sensors, Electronics has been quite busy during Week 3 of build season. They successfully completed the electronics board for the programming chassis. They also did research on temperatures sensors, encoders, and sonar sensors. They started brainstorming and CADing different mounts that they’ll be using for their cameras. Electronics also completed CADing one of the boards that will be used on the final robot.

The Mechanical sub-groups have worked to finalize their CAD design and wrap up several projects.

Chassis has recently been anodizing wheels. They have made and tested their third gear box. They are working on bumper mounts and with CAD, putting all of their parts on the software.

Many Projects has assembled a mock chassis for testing and they’ve also built field elements for practice. They’ve finished a loading station and lift. They’re currently working on making bumper mounts and organizing the rope for the Climbing group to test their mechanism on.

The Gear and Fuel group are finalizing their overall CAD and how their mounting is going to work. Measurements are done and ready for laser cutting and now they’re focusing on volume measurements to maximize fuel storage.

The Climbing group has been dealing with constant changes to their designs. After much talking with Electronics and Chassis, they have almost completed CADing, with plans to finish today, and have been ordering parts.

The Business committee has been working on their designs for Janksters shirts and the standard and they have finalized this year’s button design. They are also working on team bows and helped design and assemble the bumpers for the robot.

Check out our Week 3 video:

Week 3 Build POVs

Week 3 was really busy because we did a lot of decision-making about designs and mounting but it was fun because I also learned more about CADing and mating parts.

Maya Kesapradist

Class of 2020

This week, I learned how to CAD and 3D printed the robot’s battery mount. Miranda and I designed a structure on CAD that held and strapped the battery in place. This was my first experience designing and creating something that would go on the robot.

Emily Duh

Class of 2019

I helped teach rookies how to code and work on different projects with accelerometers. Lately, I’ve used resources a lot to look at different accelerometers and do more research to learn about them.

Tani Pham

Class of 2018

Build Season Week 2 Update

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Written by Lara Fernandes ’18

The second week of Build Season has passed and the committees have been working hard on designing and CADing the different components of the robot.

The Programming Committee furthered their research in camera sensing and were able to make the cameras work with SmartDashboard which the Drive Team uses on their computer. They also communicated with the different mechanical groups on what they needed programmed and looked more at sensors which they are looking at testing on a chassis next week.

Electronics has been working on getting their CAD done so they have an idea of how they are going to fit their components on the robot. They have also worked with programming to see what kind of sensor they’ll need to make the robot’s driving efficient and they have completed a wired chassis for them to test their code.

The Mechanical sub-groups have been working hard on CADing and building projects for the robot.

The Climbing group has been doing a lot of math to calculate their new design. They’re currently working on testing and finalizing the details of gearboxes and hooks so that they can CAD a model.

The Chassis group has been CADing their chassis and working on making gearboxes. They have also made a chassis with Electronics for Programming to test their code on.

The Gear/Fuel group has been working on finalizing measurements and spacing so that they know how to securely mount all of their mechanisms and how placement of the pistons will work. They’ve also been testing different motors for intake of fuel while comparing size and efficiency. They’ve been making progress on the CAD models as well.

The Many Projects group finished building a loading station for the Gear/Fuel group and have made a lot of progress on the lift. They are also building a test chassis to work out the spacing and center of gravity for the robot.

The Business Committee has been working on designing shirts, buttons, and more on Illustrator and they’ve also been making bows and finalizing giveaways.

Check out our Week 2 video:

Week 2 Build POVs

Working on photography and videography this build season is exciting because I get to see how the team progresses with the robot through photos and videos while doing what I love.  I could never have imagined a better way to showcase my editing skills and creating weekly recap videos has allowed me to express my enthusiasm for build season.

Clare Tan

Class of 2017

 

I’ve been learning a lot about encoders and it’s been fun working with magnetic encoders and gearboxes. Week 2 has been pretty busy but I’ve been getting used to Build Season.

Srija Ponna

Class of 2020

Build Season Week 1 Update

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Written by Elizabeth Fernandes ’20 and Sakshi Shrivastava ’20

The Janksters have been very busy this first week. They came together as a team to work on strategizing for the game and then split into subgroups to work on prototyping for the robot.

The Programming Committee is downloading, installing and updating various softwares, such as Eclipse, C++ toolchains, development plug-ins and CAN Talon SRX, in preparation for fervent coding as more progress is made on the robot. They edited Eclipse preferences, coded Talons, and are ready to test out their code on a circuit board. After creating GitHub accounts, the programming committee downloaded Team 1967 code from previous years, transferred it from a laptop to Eclipse, and tested out their code to ensure that it ran smoothly.

The Electronics Committee aims for better accessibility, better wire organization, and the use of more sensors. So far, in conjunction with the Mechanical Committee, they have collaborated on their spacing constraints. They will soon plan out the electronics board and figure out where to place all the necessary components.

The Mechanical Committee has taken on the daunting task of finishing the entire robot by Week 4, or at most the beginning of Week 5. They hope to have overall clear communication among their large committee and numerous subgroups.

The subgroup of Mechanical that is currently focusing on climbing the rope has worked on a great deal of prototyping, a phase they are still in. Their next steps will be to consolidate all of their ideas into one functioning mechanism that they can work on in CAD.

So far, the fuel subgroup of Mechanical has worked on a CAD model that enabled them to see how much space they would need and calculate the angle of the ramp. They now have a much better feel for how high they would need to shoot the fuel, which in turn gives them an idea as to how many rollers they would need for their mechanism.

The subgroup working on the chassis has been busy brainstorming and prototyping their goals and how to reach them, in particular their deadline of January 21 for the completion of the chassis. They are discussing criteria for the structure of the chassis and are making final decisions, including the type and number of wheels, the method of transmission for controlling the robot, and locations of components. Part of their process is creating diagrams to visualize the dimensions of the components that are going into the chassis.

The Business Committee spent the majority of the first week collaborating with the other groups on strategy, brainstorming, and prototyping mechanisms. Now, towards the end, they have met up in their individual committee to work on designing themes and motifs for shirts, buttons, and standards while researching Jankster Swag.

Don’t forget to check our our Week 1 recap video on our Youtube channel here:

Week 1 Build POVs

It was fun to be involved in the idea process and know that the ideas you came up with would be incorporated into the robot at the end of the 6 week build period. I liked talking to people and bouncing ideas off each other and getting guidance because it was a new experience for me. I’m excited for the design process and coming up with ideas to boost morale and team energy.

Sakshi Shrivastava

Class of 2020

 

Build season was really good. We came up with a bunch of different ideas for prototypes, but there were some pros and cons for each, so now we’re deciding what we’re gonna go with. We’re making a prototype that actually works and we’re going to see if we can pull this together. I’m excited to see if this gear-picking-up mechanism works.

KK Kumar

Class of 2020

It was interesting because I haven’t really done anything like this before, so it was interesting to see how everyone broke up into different groups, and everyone had different ideas, and at the end, we would have wrap-up, and we would all share each other’s ideas and we could give each other advice. Even though I’m not in chassis, I’m excited to see the main chassis. It’s harder to envision it when there’s nothing there now, but when everything’s put together, we can see how everything’s going to work.

Bella Padget

Class of 2020

2016 Scavenger Hunt POV

As a leader for the Scavenger Hunt, I had many responsibilities. I wanted to win and run a lot, but making people run was not a good plan. I was proud of myself for finding a person wearing black and red and getting a picture with them, even though they only spoke Chinese. I got to practice some Chinese with this lady. This Scavenger Hunt was really fun because I got to know some of my groupmates better than I had before.

Amber Kesapradist

Class of 2018

The Scavenger Hunt was a nice experience. I got to bond with the people in my group, and had a great time running around downtown. I had a fun time solving the clues with everyone and rushing to our next stops. The activities at the places were entertaining.

Shivani Vazirani

Class of 2020

Young Women’s Engineering Symposium (YWES) 2016

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Written by Anisha Kabir ’19 and Lara Fernandes ’18

On November 19th the Janksters hosted their annual Young Women’s Engineering Symposium, an event for girls to explore various career paths in the world of STEM. We’d like to thank Minh-Chau Doan (Class of ’17) and Rikako Shimizu (Class of ’17) for coordinating and leading this year’s symposium. With 10 different speakers and attendees from 12 different high schools, the Young Women’s Engineering Symposium housed a wide variety of females, all with a passion or interest in the field of engineering.

The event had three sessions of seven different workshops lead by the speakers to give an in-depth look at their fields and closed with an open panel for the audience to ask the speaker questions about their experiences working as women with engineering careers.

We’d like to thank the following list of inspiring women who were able to attend this year:

  • Allison Peck presented Systems Engineering (NPI Manufacturing Engineer at Intuitive Surgical)
  • Allyson Clark presented Aerospace Engineering (Advanced Materials Project Manager at SSL)
  • Kristin More presented Aerospace Engineering (Spacecraft Production Engineering Lead at SSL)
  • Elif Albuz presented Software Engineering
    • Vision Software Manager at NVIDIA
  • Rasha Nassar presented Industrial Engineering
    • Industrial Engineer at Bloom Energy
  • Ai Nguyen presented Biomedical Engineering
    • System Verification Engineer at BD Biosciences
  • Alina Lim presented Biomedical Engineering
    • Research & Development Chemist at Abaxis
  • Tulin Akin presented Chemical Engineering
    • Director of Defect Reduction & Integration at Bloom Energy
  • Dr. Katie Wilson presented Electrical Engineering
    • Associate Professor at Santa Clara University
  • Claudia Galvan was our keynote speaker
    • Technical Advisor at Early Stage Innovation

Afterwards, the Janksters had a wonderful lunch with our 10 guest speakers and some attendees from FRC Team 2135. We look forward to hosting another inspirational and fun symposium next year!

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FLL at Intel

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The Janksters had an amazing time this past weekend helping out FLL (First Lego League) teams at Intel with their “Animal Allies” challenge.

The Janksters had many jobs from inspecting robots to setting the field and even emceeing for the event! We also had our concession stand with plenty of snacks and candy robot treats.

We also had a “Make A Button” station run by more Janksters. Kids could design and assemble a button with guidance and wear their creation at the competition.

There was also a demo of our robot Cierra from this past season. The Janksters explained the many different components and functions of the robot and people were encouraged to explore and even drive the robot with help from the Janksters.

We’d also like to congratulate the Neon Nargals, coached by our members Yashna Bansal ‘17 and Paulina Robles ‘17, for winning the FLL Core Values Award!

Overall it was a fun and exciting time for our team to help at the event and inspire FLL teams to  pursue robotics through FRC. We had a great time and can’t wait for next year!

If you’d like to read more about members experiences at FLL, make sure to read our Janky POVs.

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Competing at CalGames

This past weekend, I was fortunate to attend CalGames on Saturday. Although most of the rookies attending were completely exhausted from our overnight on Friday, it was a great experience that woke me up from the start. The team spirit in and out of the stands was enormous, and everyone showed up to work and have a great time. Even though rookies had a light load of stuff to do, I was engaged and in team spirit throughout the entirety of the competition. While sitting in the stands, I was impressed with how efficient and composed the drive team and pit crew were during the semi-finals and finals. Winning the System Design Award as well as the Mentor Award for Marta, and being the Champions of CalGames was a great way to end a wonderful competition. I am so proud of the Janksters, or rather, the JankSTARS!!!!

KK Kumar

Class of 2020

On October 7th and 8th, we attended the off-season competition Calgames, hosted by the Western Regional Robotics Forum.  After the success from Chezy Champs, everyone was super excited and ready to see the robot perform well.  Although I spent most of the competition in the pits as I was on drive team, I could see the happiness and enthusiasm from our team in the stands.  I was also glad to see that the rookies were beginning to feel more included and more a part of the team than they were when they first joined.  The level of excitement only increased as the competition progressed, with the team continuing on to eliminations with Team 1868 the Space Cookies and Team 3045 The Gear Gremlins. Several matches later, our alliance were declared the champions of the 2016 Calgames! To top it off, we also won the Systems Design Award for our scaling mechanism, and our coach, Marta Carrillo, won the Mentor Award. This was by far the most exciting competition that I have attended, and through all the dancing, anticipation, and success we experienced, the team was brought closer together.  It truly was the best way to end our busy and successful Stronghold season and begin our 2016 to 2017 robotics year.

Miyo Imai

Class of 2018

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