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Robot Reveal Night POVs

Robot Reveal Night was a chance to see everyone’s hard work come together. My parents and friends had finally gotten to see what I had been working on, and see how well everything turned out. I got to answer questions about my Committee and clarify any misunderstandings.

Ria Nair

Class of 2021

This was my first Robot Reveal Night and I think that it was amazing. The speeches weren’t like those typical, boring speeches they give at events; they were funny and attention-grabbing! Also, everyone did a good job in explaining the robot. I also liked the food!

Dania Hanif

Class of 2020

Robot Reveal Night has always been incredibly eyeopening! From the speeches given by members of our own team about the six week process of building a robot, to the final reveal of a functioning and driving robot, this night is the one of the biggest events for the team. I loved the way that our parents, teachers and classmates came to support us and witness all of our hard-work paying off in the form of our extremely tall robot this year. In my opinion, this night is always a motivational boost in order to get through the last 3 days of the build season!

Zenaz Sarkari

Class of 2019

RRN was a great way for us to show off the countless hours of work we put into the robot, and to teach our friends and family about what we did. It was also the first time I saw the robot move, which was pretty exciting. Since this is my last build season, it was just really amazing to see everything come together at the end.

Nikita Jagdish

Class of 2018

Week 6 Build POVS

This past week, I was able to learn a lot more about the Jetson and all of the systems that are working in it.  I also improved my teamwork skills with the two other members of my subcommittee.  I was also able to exercise my knowledge of trigonometry and C++ while figuring out how to improve our vision code.

Yiyun Wei

Class of 2021

During Week 6, business was busy planning upcoming events, finishing up awards and updating the website. I have gained several important skills throughout the build season, including responsibility, leadership, and communication, and it was exhilarating to see all of our hard work pay off. Even though we faced many challenges along the way, we had the invaluable experience of learning from ourselves and others, which made it all worth it in the end.

Elizabeth Fernandes

Class of 2020

The past week started off pretty chill. For me at least, it was mostly prepping for the arrival of the electronics boards, such as gathering parts and planning, and helping some other committees here and there. But now that the electronics boards have arrived (at least the vertical ones), we have a lot of more work to do. The pace has picked up, and now we are in more of a hurry to put components on the boards.

Cynthia Chung

Class of 2019

Week 3-5 Build POVS

Through weeks 3-5, we pretty much made the whole robot. It was super fun watching the robot come to life from drawings in a notebook to a real-life robot. In these past couple weeks, I have learned so much about CAD and everything else in mechanical.

Ella Hedman

Class of 2021

Build season has been a mix of fun and intense. I am a co-lead of the In n’ Out group and for the past few weeks we’ve been focusing on the finishing up our CAD and manufacturing and assembling our mechanism. It’s been really great teaching Leela, the rookie in my group, new things, especially in CAD. I’ve grown really close to the other members of my group too.

Lily Johnson

Class of 2019

These past few weeks, the programming committee has made a lot of progress with vision tracking, autonomous, and game component code. Each group is working on something new for this year, and it’s really exciting to be involved in the technical growth of our committee. I’m in the vision tracking group and we just finished finding the distance from the camera to the reflective tape. We hope to find the angle from the camera to the tape and connect the Jetson to the roboRIO in the next few weeks, and I can’t wait to see our code run on the robot.

Elaine Duh

Class of 2018

Week 2 Build POVS

Electronics has been quite busy this week. We’ve made great progress on our CAD for our boards, though the design has ended up being changed, and on our CAD for several other components we had to work on. I personally have been working on the horizontal electronics board and, from time to time, fixing up the programming robot for Programming to be able to test their code. Build Season is definitely getting more intense now, but I’m still really excited to see how it all turns out in the remaining upcoming weeks.

Srija Ponna

Class of 2020

For the past week in the programming committee, we’ve been working on a couple of different projects. There’s one group working on programming the different game components on the robot, another autonomous focused group, and a vision tracking group that’s working on integrating the Jetson TX1 with our robot. I’m in the autonomous focused group and we’ve just started working on a PID controller with the gyro to accomplish some of the various turns in our autonomous routes. This is around the time of the season in which I’ve begrudgingly adapted to school being my primary home, and so far, it’s been a fun couple of weeks.
Anisha Kabir
Class of 2019

Week 1 Build POVs

This year’s Kickoff was the first I’d attended, yet it wasn’t difficult to feel closely involved with the process – we all had the opportunity to brainstorm prototypes for this year’s robot, and doing so really helped me think critically about the game and the potential mechanisms that could be used. During the week, my prototyping groups came up with a mechanism resembling a hug, a system using rollers to move the power cube, and others; after that, my committee (programming) set to work getting all of our devices up to speed for this year’s game, and considering potential sensors to implement and how to code them. Many people envision robotics as the frantic rush of physically constructing a robot, but this week allowed us to experience the careful planning and diversity of ideas that go into creating a viable design, which is just as critical.

Sandhya Ganesan

Class of 2021

Week one was extremely fun because my group (intake– output) got to prototype and test different ideas. We made a list of requirements of what we want our mechanism to do. We also built prototypes and had a lot of mentors to help us out!

Shivani Vazirani

Class of 2020

The first week of build season has gone by really fast. Electronics has been doing  research about sensors that we might be using for this year’s game while mechanical finishes prototyping. We’ve also been working on small projects that branch out from electronics which has been engaging and fun. This year’s game is really interesting and I’m looking forward to our strategy and seeing how other teams plan theirs.

Emily Duh

Class of 2019

YWES POVs

It was an interesting experience. I got to hear a bunch of different people speak. My favorite one was a neurosurgeon space engineer at SSL and she was telling us about how she built all these different rockets and her thought process from high school to college and how she got to the job she has now. She was really inspiring and we also got to build these little mechanisms and machines where you could carry little marshmallows and airplane them all the way to the ground and cushion them so they don’t fall on their face. And then it made me realize how much goes into designing everything. ‘Cause when you design a spaceship, for one thing, you have to get up. But you need to go down and you can’t get the little astronauts or the marshmallows inside. So I learned a lot.

KK Kumar

Class of 2020

I attended the bio-engineering workshop. It was interesting because she showed us the different aspects of bioengineering. She talked about, if I remember correctly, she talked about how there’s like device sector where they create devices. Then there’s also a bit of the biology sector which is a lot of the lab work. Then she touched on the detrimental academy, which is like research and universities and the industry. She talked about how academia is about like creating new things and improving stuff about the world and engineering. The industry is about making the biggest amount- not biggest, but special and all that most outputs they want to create the best ways NASA product. She talked about network products working which was interesting and helped us figure out how networking works and why it’s important.

Miranda Godinez

Class of 2018

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

Week 6 Build POVs

It’s crazy thinking that this is my last build season! Week 6 means crunch time so we’re all scrambling to make last minute decisions and putting the finishing touch on our robot. It’s really different this year for me since I’m on Business now instead of Mechanical so the stress of putting actual items on the robot isn’t as big for me. However, there’s still a lot of planning and details that need to be worked out for my assignments. I can’t believe my last Build Season is coming to a close. It’s been an interesting one definitely but I’m glad I got to know my teammates better and gain new skills.

 

Minh-Chau Doan

Class of 2017

This week, we have mostly worked on manufacturing parts for our second robot and making some final decisions and changes. It has been really stressful, but all the chaos is exciting at the same time. It’s strange that I’m already about to end my third build season and I can tell that I have grown so much since freshman year.

Nikita Jagdish

Class of 2018

Plagued with a mixture of nerves and excitement, I remember heading to kickoff at San Jose State, just six weeks ago. Now, after countless hours of trudging to school, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I want more time! After finishing driving and manual two speed transmissions code, our chassis programming group’s latest challenge is working on programming automatic two speed transmissions. We’ve been working on mapping the correlation between joystick values and encoder rates for driving our test robot. I’ve also been working on combining all of this season’s code into one comprehensive project, a task that has been tedious but rewarding to complete. Though it’s exhausting, the moments of success, growth, and joy that pop up during the rigor and intensity of build season are what constantly reinforce my love for robotics.

Anisha Kabir

Class of 2019

On week 6 of Build Season, I mainly focused on CADing the front and back camera mounts and had help from Ayusha, Becky, and our mentors. Because there was some last-minute updates about the mounting place of the camera, each of the camera mount had to be modified several times. Although we had to build several versions of each of the two different camera mounts, my skills in CADing had improved a lot, my critical thinking in designing a mount has improved, and my confidence in CADing has grown. Now that Build Season is coming to an end, I feel that the excitement is starting to lower down, but I am looking forward towards the Steamworks competition.

Michelle Vanuy

Class of 2020

Week 5 Build POVs

It has been a really fun and productive week. I worked on the Robot Reveal Night agendas and invitations, which improved my skills in InDesign.

Elizabeth Fernandes

Class of 2020

This week we mostly worked on the Janky bot. We finished the two electronics boards and mounted them onto Janky bot so that Mechanical could test out their mechanisms. We also worked on pneumatics and encoders on the programming chassis so Programming could test out their code for those on the programming chassis.

Srija Ponna

Class of 2020

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