School may be over for the summer, but Notre Dame’s robotics team is just as busy as ever! On June 18, Team 1967 attended Robonanza, an annual event hosted by their sponsor, Intuitive Surgical. That Thursday morning, the Janksters arrived early at Intuitive Surgical, eager to meet professional engineers and operate their robot alongside other Bay Area robotics teams. This year, the girls were in for a treat – not only did Robonanza feature 22 teams from across the Bay Area, but there was also a small field set up for playing a modified version of Recycle Rush! After practicing and debugging the robot, Team 1967 was able to compete in three rounds, improving each time and finishing with a stack of four totes. By the end of the event, the employees of Intuitive Surgical were deeply impressed by the robots and the students they had seen, and the Janksters were proud of how well their robot performed.
Like FRC competitions, Robonanza was more than the robots. Throughout the day, the Janksters got to interact with Intuitive Surgical’s employees, learning about what they do as engineers at Intuitive Surgical. One of the employees was even a Notre Dame alumna from the Class of ‘96! Along with gaining role models in the engineering world, the girls made connections with other teams through competing with them and talking with them in the booths. As Tamara Kawa, ‘16, observed, “While Robonanza is an opportunity to meet our sponsors, it’s also a time to just let loose and be a nerd with your fellow roboticists!” With all the wonderful memories of this year’s Robonanza, Team 1967 can’t wait to return to their sponsors next summer!
On Friday, April 3rd, the Janksters had a blast at the Team Social with Space Cookies Robotics Team 1868, “Rockin” Bots Team 2035, Presentation Invasion Team 2135, Carrillo Cybernetics Team 5728 , and Mars Style Team 5737!
After an exhausting first day of competition, we were all buzzing with excitement to start the fun night. All the teams walked together to our school, Notre Dame’s, Pardini Park, where there were FIRST frisbees set up. The Social was already off to success, as teams chased frisbees and threw them across the field while laughing and bonding with others.
Once the spectacular meal from the wonderful support by our parents of pizza, salad, and a variety of desserts and fruits was prepared, The Janksters split up, sitting next to other teams and talking the night away.
It was then time to join everyone else on the dance floor, while others went back outside to play with the frisbees and volleyballs. Mars Style was able to stay late and give us beautiful gifts that The Janksters are so grateful for.
Overall it was a great night away from the intensity of competition, and The Janksters can’t wait for the next one.
The robotics team social was probably my favorite moment throughout the whole robotics season. It was a really nice to get to meet with other teams and get to know them! I had a great time dancing with the other teams! I also loved playing games in the dark outside! It was scary but super fun. Can’t wait for next years team social!!
– Stephanie Boyer
Class of 2017
While driving to the cancer walk last Saturday, I had no idea what I was about to experience. Before this, I’d never been to any kind of fundraising walk, so I wasn’t expecting too many people to show up. However, once I reached Discovery Meadow, where the walk would begin, I was so surprised that there were many people of various ages there to support the event. The park was filled with people holding red, white, and yellow lanterns, and they set up several booths, representing the teams for the walk. People with white lanterns were the survivors, yellow lanterns were held in the memory of family and friends, and red lanterns marked all the supporters. It was so inspiring to see everyone come together for the Light the Night Walk under one goal, to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma. The highlight of the whole experience was listening to Mimi’s incredible speech. All of the Janksters gathered in front of the stage during her speech, chanting “Mimi! Mimi!” It was such a memorable moment that motivated me to have an active role in my community throughout my life. The walk itself, which began after opening speeches, was so much fun. The Janksters all walked together, occasionally singing songs along the way. Holding lanterns in the night created a very beautiful image, and some drivers even began to press their horns in support of our walk. The amount of energy people brought to the event was truly amazing. Overall, the night was extremely enjoyable, and I will definitely participate in this event again next year.
Class of 2018