Category Archives: Jankster Events

FLL 2017

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By: Lisha Sebastian ‘21, Ria Nair ’21, Diana Labonville ‘21

This past weekend, Team 1967 volunteered at FLL (First Lego League) competition hosted by Intel. This year’s challenge was “Water Dynamics”.

At FLL, the Janksters provided lunch as well as a snack shack for the parents and the teams. The Janksters volunteered to supervise the competition by inspecting robots and timing and setting up for the matches.

The Janksters also directed and hosted stations such as a catapult station where kids could use craft supplies to create a functional catapult. Other Janksters worked at the button-making station, in which they helped younger kids from grades 4 to 8 design their own buttons.

During the competition, the Janksters provided a demonstration and explanation of the previous season’s robot, Pepper Ann. Students were also able to test out some functions of the robot.

Overall, this event was a fun learning experience for all of the Janksters and we’re happy to have had an opportunity to inspire FLL students to continue in their interest in STEM fields.                                                                                                                                   

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Workshop POV

As a freshmen, this is my first time doing Robotics and the workshops would really help introduce me to what they do and how they do it.  I liked the fact that I got to experience a workshop and what a normal day in Robotics would look like. It provides you with the basic knowledge you need to join any of the committees. In electronics, I learned more about how they play a role in how a robot works and what it does. I hope to learn more about Robotics and the committees in future workshops. Go Janksters!

Zainah Masood

Class of 2021

Boot Camp POVs

Bootcamp was such a fun, informative, and enriching experience! Throughout it, I attended various workshops related to committees in the robotics team. In Arduino, I was able to program and wire an LED while Janky 101 taught me about team outreach. In CAD I was able to design a 3D doughnut and in tool use, I used power tools. Overall, bootcamp really made me excited and happy to join robotics.

Grace Boulos

Class of 2021

Robotics Boot Camp definitely prepared me for robotics, but also introduced me to Notre Dame. I loved how even though I was a freshman, upperclassmen started conversations with me and made sure I never felt left out. There were a lot of things I hadn’t tried before, like working with power tools and using CAD software, but I had fun learning about them and felt comfortable using them by the end of the camp. Overall, the part of the boot camp I liked the most was making new friends who shared the same enthusiasm for robotics!

Leela Mukherjee

Class of 2021

Robot Reveal 2017

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Written by Rabab Karimjee ’17

Thousands of teams have been designing and building a robot for the past 6 weeks to participate in the annual FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) competitions. Among them is Team 1967, the Janksters, who have created a robot for this year’s challenge, Steamworks, after a rigorous Build Season that has tested their technical and creative abilities.

In their twelfth year, the Janksters have grown to sixty members and embarked on the six week journey from January to the end of February with an enthusiastic dedication and a wonderful team of 24 mentors. Due to the increasing amount of rookies, the Janksters saw many changes that allowed for more timely work with the challenge of organizing and communicating within such a large group. With each week came many obstacles, forcing the team to occasionally completely redesign and shift their priorities. Some parts of the robot were being built faster than others, but the final product prevailed in time for Robot Reveal Night.

With over 150 members in the audience, including family, friends, and faculty, the Janksters were able to display their hard work, collectively more than 8,000 hours The robot drove through the gym and successively climbed, one of the Janksters’ originals goals when brainstorming in early January.

Many of the mechanisms were not fully completed or tested, but fortunately, they only required a few minor adjustments! After the various committees and leaders were able to discuss their contributions and hardships, the audience was free to learn more about FRC and the team’s accomplishments. The Janksters were happy to answer any questions and showcase their individual projects.

With the end of the Build Season and a functioning robot that cannot be touched until competition, the Janksters are proud of how far they have come and look forward to getting ready for competition. This year, they will be participating in the following:

  1. Ventura Regional: March 15-18 (Wed-Sat)
  2. Silicon Valley Regional: March 29- April 1 (Wed-Sat)

We hope to see you there!

2016 Scavenger Hunt

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Last Tuesday, December 6th, the Janksters had their annual downtown Scavenger Hunt! Organized by the senior members of the team, this Jankster tradition is a race against the clock and other teams to solve the puzzle first.

The team was split into seven different groups each with a leader and a packet of instructions. Starting at Notre Dame with the first hint, they made their way to different stations downtown from San Jose State University to Christmas in the Park. Each station had a different challenge for the group to complete before earning their hint to the next location and gaining more pieces for their puzzle. The games ranged from writing their own raps to assembling candy robots. During the Scavenger Hunt, there were opportunities to cut time from the final score through a Photo Scavenger Hunt which included taking selfies with a variety of object like squirrels or murals.

Once they finished the objectives at all seven stations, the groups raced back to campus to piece together their puzzle. It was an exciting competition and at the end, everyone came together for hot chocolate and snacks.

Check out some Jankster POVS about the event here!

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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

YWES 2016

I co-directed the Young Women Engineering Symposium with another senior, Rikako, this year. Seeing all my work for the past six months finally come to life was extremely rewarding. Rikako and I worked hard to get all the speakers and spread awareness about the event so to have 10 women engineers present and close to 90 attendees was amazing. The workshops I took a glimpse at were very interesting. I attended the previous two YWES and always emerged inspired so I hope the attendees this year did too. I really wanted to provide resources and let these girls know that there is so much opportunity and potential for them in STEM and I hope they felt empowered.

Minh-Chau Doan

Class of 2017

I had a fantastic time at this year’s Young Women’s Engineering Symposium. I took three workshops (Biomedical, Industrial, and Systems Engineering), which all were so knowledgeable, because I knew so little about these fields beforehand. I particularly liked Systems Engineering, in which I had the opportunity to hear from an employee at Intuitive Surgical who is working on the da Vinci robot.  As a senior on the team, it was great to see so many girls who are interested in STEM attending. All of the engineers really inspired me to pursue engineering as I enter college, and they gave unforgettable advice.

Rabab Karimjee

Class of 2017

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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Helping out at FLL

Volunteering at the First Lego League competition was an amazing experience in which I was able to bond with the other rookies and some veterans. The kids were positive and full of energy throughout the event. I was able to help in several parts, including taking photos, selling concessions, and helping with inspections. I went out of my comfort zone by talking to new people about their robots, all while having a fun time. Even though I was there for a long shift, the time flew by and I look forward to helping at FLL next year.

Elizabeth Fernandes

Class of 2020

As a new veteran my experience was different and interesting, and some of the roles I took on were things I never even realized had to be done. The new task that I had at the Intel FLL Tournament was being a field-resetter. At first when I saw that I was going to be doing an important job like this, I was honestly kind of worried. From experience in FRC I knew that this was a really important job and I was afraid I might mess something up by accident. When it was time for my shift to began, I went over to the competition field table, and seeing so many various lego constructions on that table, moving and being shuffled around every two minutes… did not reassure me. However like everything in FIRST and robotics in general, it seems scary but you honestly need to get used to it– and I did. After a few games of the referees showing me what to reset and look out for on the field, I got used to what I was doing and immediately began loving field reset. Ridding myself of those worries also gave me the chance to look at the brilliant FLL robots that each of the teams built and programmed, and it was very fascinating to see how the game challenge worked! (Also as field reset, I got to watch the games up close and in perfect view) In the end this year’s FLL tournament went great for all the teams competing, for the Janksters, and especially for me as I got to take on a new role and enjoy the tournament.

Shreya Basireddy

Class of 2019

At this year’s FLL competition, I was mentoring and coaching the Neon Nargals, an FLL team that Yashna and I started for our senior project.  Since this was their very first competition, they were all excited to present their themed project, compete with their robot, and show off their core values. The team learned a lot from competing, and they are very eager to implement new changes to the robot and to their themed project presentation.  One of the best parts of the day was during the awards ceremony when the team won the Core Values award and a ticket to advance to regionals.

Paulina Robles

Class of 2017

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