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.
By Yashna Bansal ‘17
Originally posted on NDSJ
Notre Dame’s Robotics Team, the Janksters, recently hosted their 4th Annual Boot Camp. Using this four day camp as an opportunity to recruit new students and spread more awareness about STEAM, the Janksters created and led workshops revolving around the team’s different aspects–mechanics, electronics, programming, and business.
Campers gained various technical skills through student-led workshops. On Monday and Tuesday, the attendees rotated through four different workshops, gaining basic skills in wiring and programming an Arduino, using power tools such as saws and drills, CADing (Computer Aided Design) and 3D Printing keychains, and designing personalized buttons on Adobe Illustrator. Wednesday and Thursday, the campers were able to take a tour of the TechShop (which the team uses throughout the year to manufacture different pieces for various projects and the robot), drive and learn more about the robot, work in teams to complete a Rube Goldberg challenge, and explore one of the Monday and Tuesday workshops more in depth.
The campers gained a lot more than just new technical skills. Robotics Boot Camp provided an opportunity for the incoming Notre Dame students to interact with one another and create friendships before the school year even began. Through the different group activities and workshops, the Janksters and other students created a bond that will carry through with the group of students who join the robotics team this year.
Beyond the impact this camp had on the campers, the Janksters who helped lead and facilitate everything grew as well. Jayel Ambat (‘19) reflected, “As a sophomore, I still have a fresh memory of my experience in Boot Camp last year” which played a huge part in her decision to join the robotics team. She talked about how different it was for her to go from being a camper with no prior robotics experience to being one of the Janksters knowledgeable enough to lead a workshop. And she wasn’t the only Jankster who learned from the experience of teaching and bonding with the incoming freshmen and other students that attended the Robotics Boot Camp.
On Sunday Night, Notre Dame High School was filled with excitement as the Janksters, Notre Dame’s robotics team, proudly presented the result of six weeks of hard work. More than 150 parents and teachers watched with amazement as the robot maneuvered its way across the Learning Commons!
The night started off with a student-run presentation about the general process the team goes through during Build Season from “kickoff” to “bag and tag.” The four main committees (mechanical, electronics, programming and marketing) then shared their goals and highlights from this year’s build season. Some of these goals were lofty and couldn’t be fully achieved, but students found true reward in the journey.
Following the student presentations, Coach Marta Carrillo shared details of the hours that had been contributed during the season – more than 8,000! When asked about the most significant part of the night, Nandana Suresh ’19 said it was “the amount of total hours everyone put in,” which was by far the most in the history of our team.
When it was finally time to reveal the robot, the crowd was full of excitement and curiosity. The robot made its way through the middle of the Learning Commons with maneuverability that did not disappoint. Amritha Sankrappan ’18 commented, “It was fun and a great learning experience. It was cool to see our robot move for the first time.” Some team members had never seen the robot’s full range of capabilities so they were as surprised as parents and teachers to see it pick up and shoot a boulder in the air before successfully crossing a defensive obstacle.
The last hour was set aside for the audience to see the robot up close, ask team members questions they may have, look at the marketing committee’s various accomplishments and mingle with others while enjoying snacks.
We hope our guests enjoyed Robot Reveal Night as much as the team did because their support has been our source of inspiration throughout the build season. We have further improved our robot since Robot Reveal Night and look forward to competition!
(Originally published on Notre Dame San Jose)
Credit to Tamara Kawa
Credit to Tamara Kawa
Credit to Tamara Kawa
This weekend, The Janksters were led by exceptional members, Anisha Patel (Class of 2016) and Kimberly Zhang (Class of 2016), in planning the annual Young Women’s Engineering Symposium, in which nine female engineers ran workshops with high school girls interested in engineering, empowering us as women involved in STEM. Through this event, we were able to reach out to students from all over the Bay Area, including 15 local FRC and FTC teams!
The following inspiring women were able to attend:
- Shraddha Chaplot (Electrical Engineering at Cisco Systems)
- Olga Rodriguez (Civil and Transportation Engineering at CH2M)
- Juanita Sanchez (Structural Engineering at Jakaby Engineering)
- Kathlyn Terrazas (Mechanical Engineerin at Space Systems Loral)
- Liz Murphy (Computer Science at Savioke)
- Alison Tse (Mechanical Engineering at Savioke)
- Tessa (Robotics at Savioke)
- Lesley Telford (Biomedical Engineering at Abbott Vascular)
The day started off with a short speech from Isis Anchalee, who started the hashtag #iLookLikeAnEngineer, which promoters gender inclusiveness in the STEM field. Her words on gender equality were truly empowering to all, especially those who may be minorities in a male-dominated robotics team.
Then, all participants attended three different workshops, allowing each student to hear from and converse with the engineers in small groups about the fields she has the most interest in. After, everyone gathered for an open panel with the speakers, in which questions were taken from both the student leaders and the audience. The engineers were able to discuss a wide range of topics, including the importance of inclusiveness and perseverance in their fields. Luckily, the YWES women were able to stay for a fun lunch with Team 1967 before leaving!
All in all, YWES was very successful, and we hope that each participant gained more knowledge and interest in the STEM field as well as the motivation to pursue it. It was inspiring to see how many young women are passionate about engineering, and we hope to inspire even more next year!
The Janksters had a wonderful time this weekend helping children in FLL (FIRST Lego League) at Intel during their “Trash Trek” challenge.
Our members were happy to teach parents and FLL students about our 2015 FRC robot, Grace. They conversed with the Janksters about the various mechanisms and functions before driving the robot on their own.
We also held a concessions stand where we sold breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Our candy robots offered a fun treat to hungry persons during a long day of competition.
Additionally, Team 1967 made sure to incorporate all aspects of their team with our “Make a Button” station, where students and parents were able to design their own button with our guidance. Imagination was at its best, as individuals participated in a more artistic part of robotics and proudly wore their button throughout the competition.
Finally, the Janksters were delighted to showcase the October Projects that the rookies and veterans were given three weeks to build. The ping-pong ball shooter was very interactive and gave a sneak peek into the team work and thinking skills gained in a robotics team, hopefully encouraging FLL students to participate in FRC as well.
All in all, it was a very successful and stimulating weekend, leaving the Janksters excited to help again next year!
Credit to Tamara Kawa
Credit to Tamara Kawa
Interested in hearing more about this event from the point of view of our own members? Take a look at our Janky POV’s!