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Week 5 of Build

The team has been pushing to finish the robot during Week 5, finishing up all of the CAD and beginning to assemble the robot itself. As co-head of mechanical who is trying to balance both outreach work for Chairman’s and robot work, it’s been a pretty hectic week as I’ve been jumping around between working on award-related material and pushing my subgroup, the point-scoring mechanism, to finish everything on CAD and begin to put together the mechanism while keeping them on task. It’s been great to see everyone step up more and really realize the fact that we have a lot of work to do, yet so little time to do it before both Robot Reveal Night and Bag and Tag. I’m really looking forward to seeing how our robot turns out during Week 6!

Tiffany Ta

Class of 2017

As a rookie marketer, I’ve been learning a lot. This week, we’ve finished making all of our buttons for competition. We’ve also finished making all of our team bows and are about halfway done with making our giveaways. The most fun part of being a part of the team has been writing thank-you cards to people who have helped the team. This past week, we held a little Valentine’s Day event for our mentors. We 3D printed little keychains in the shape of a heart with gears to show our thanks for our mentors for working with us over the long weekend. I’m looking forward to attending my first robotics competition.

Emily Duh

Class of 2019

Week 4 of Build

For week 4, my subgroup decided to tackle the designing and CADing of the robot cart. It was really fun and a knowledgeable experiment. Since our subgroup has many miscellaneous projects, it was hard to switch gears, but although it was a challenge, we have an amazing robot cart. And though it will be hard to put this project away for the time being, we will switch gears yet again, this time, onto good bumpers for the robot. Despite being tough, this week was exciting as we’re getting closer to our final robot.

Ayusha Acharya

Class of 2018

I am in the Field Elements group in the Mechanical Committee. This week, I have accomplished to learn more about the chop saw, filing, and using the drill. We have been working on the bumpers and the handles for the robot cart. For me the most fun thing for me during build season so far was to work with my wonderful team and all the other Janksters. I made many new friends by working with my team, and I have learned a lot more about life in robotics as well as school through veterans.  I can’t wait to train the rookies next year!!

Anjali Kasula

Class of 2019

Week 2 of Build

Being a rookie at the same time as being involved in other activities makes the opening weeks of build season that much more hectic but also, so much more exciting. This past week marked the end of Week 2 of Build Season. Week 2 consisted of a lot of brainstorming and research. To make this process more efficient, my committee (mechanics) split into subgroups to tackle different components of the robot. I was assigned to the Scaling Subgroup to design a mechanism that can scale the tower in less than 15 seconds at the end of the match. My favorite part is seeing all these crazy ideas start to form something that is becoming more realistic. After much discussion and troubleshooting, we started finalizing factors like how actual mechanism will function, materials we will use, and solving any issues that we come across.

Kathryn McLaughlin

Class of 2019

 

Week 3 of Build

I am in mechanical and in the Chassis subgroup. I am also the Chassis subgroup leader. This week we have accomplished all of the gearboxes and the CAD is almost done, but had to have minor fixes. We got our metal and tonight (January 31) Mr. Mula would try to laserjet the metal. This week we also put in almost all of our order forms, so the parts should be coming in soon. The most fun part of build season would be building the gear boxes. I like the gear boxes because it gave my hands something to do. I also liked learning about what a two speed transmission gear box. I also really like playing with grease and with locktight. Training rookies are hard, but fun. I found it hard because sometimes I would not have a job for them and they would goof off and they sometimes don’t listen to me. But it can be really fun because I got to bond with new people and with people that I would not normally hang out with. I also got to get to know how they work and how I can improve their perspective on robotics.
Amber Kesapradist
Class of 2018
I am in the electronics committee and this week, my committee members and I have finished cadding the side board and and adding components on it. So far my favorite part of build season has been working on tasks with my committee form brainstorming to designing and cadding.  Spending time and bonding with them makes build season a lot more fun.   Additionally, training rookies is always an enjoyable experience as you can get to see how much you know and spread your knowledge to others.
Clare Tan
Class of 2017

Week 1 of Build

Being a rookie at the same time as being involved in other activities makes the opening weeks of build season that much more hectic but also so much more exciting. This past week marked the end of Week 2 of Build Season, which consisted of a lot of brainstorming and research. To make this process more efficient, my committee (mechanical) split into subgroups to tackle different components of the robot. I was assigned to the Scaling Subgroup to design a mechanism that can scale the tower in less than 15 seconds at the end of the match. My favorite part is seeing all these crazy ideas start to form something that is becoming more realistic. After much discussion and troubleshooting, we started finalizing factors like how actual mechanism will function, materials we will use, and solving any issues that we come across.

Katie McLaughlin

Class of 2019

This week was not as fast paced as last week, but we still got a lot done! This week my group and I (field elements) did much more CAD work, and we started working on the driver’s station! The new and updated driver’s station is much lighter and much more sleek than our last one. I’m excited to see what this upcoming week holds for field elements!!

Anya Thakur

Class of 2017

Week 1 of Build

Since kickoff, the team has been busy trying to keep up with the previously set deadlines throughout the build season.  We first analyzed the entirety of the game manual, created a strategy, went on to brainstorming, and then finally prototyping.  So far, the prototyping (I was put on the boulder manipulation group) has been my favorite part of build season, even though there is so much more work ahead of us.  As a veteran this year, I’m having fun helping my fellow rookies through the organized chaos that I had to go through last year, and I do hope they are enjoying build season as much as I am.
Miyo Imai
Class of 2018
 The start of build season has been quite tiring, awe inspiring, and very educational. My first brainstorm and chassis prototype group were super complex and detailed, and we had so much fun lamenting over how we were going to build this season’s robot. In our groups we did some intricate math, rattled our brains, and took some hot chocolate breaks. Mentors pitched in their ideas and just like that, we solved problems and created new ones. We shared our ideas and solutions with the team and got great feedback and helpful suggestions. All in all, my first year in robotics is quite the adventure!
Zenaz Sarkari
Class of 2019

Kickoff

This year’s kick-off was really exciting and interesting. First, we watched the game video which was super cool this year. This was my favorite part of the day because I think this is one of the most interesting games FIRST has ever designed. After we did that, we split into groups and read the game manual, which we then discussed as a large group. Finally, we brainstormed ideas about the possible things we wanted our robot to do. It was definitely a hectic day, but I had a lot of fun!

 

Sana Shrikant

Class of 2017

As a rookie, kickoff was a very new experience. Despite having to wake up and work much earlier than I wanted to, it was just as exciting as the veterans made it out to be. After watching the livestream and anxiously waiting for the game to be announced, the video finally began. This was one of my favorite parts of the day, because it was exciting to see what we were going to be work on after much anticipation. After the game was announced, we had wasted no time splitting off into groups so we could go over sections of the game manual. And once we had gone over the whole game manual with each other the brainstorming finally began. By the end of the day, we ended up with a long list of great ideas that are going to contribute to the making of our robot.

 

Cynthia Chung

Class of 2019

This was the first time I went to Kickoff at SJSU. It was super early, but everyone there was awake and ready to find out what this year’s game would be. After finding out the game and being able to see the game pieces, we went back to ND to go over the game manual and brainstorm. Overall, Kickoff was so much fun, and the game this year seems like it going to be really interesting.

Hannah Patrignani

Class of 2018

WWRF Workshop

During the WWRF workshops, I only attended one workshop, 3D Printing – Getting Good Prints out of Printrbots. When I came into the workshop, I didn’t know anything about 3D printing. During the workshop, they taught us things like how make the object to print, how the printrbot works, and what to and not to do while printing. We also learned about how to get the most desirable prints. Overall, the worksop helped me out a lot. I’m still not an expert on the subject, but I do know a lot more than when I started out.

Naina Manoj

Class of 2019

I attended the Intro to Java Programming Workshop and the Strategic Design for Build Season Workshop. As a member of the mechanical committee and having never before programmed, the Java workshop was full of new and confusing things. Thank God I had Kimberly Zhang, the most amazing programmer, sitting right next to me to help me through it all. The second workshop I attended was mostly ideas and concepts that I was preciously familiar with, so I was more comfortable and I could help rookies to learn more. Overall, the workshop experience was extremely fun and one that I will never forget.
Camille Miller
Class of 2016

Scavenger Hunt

The Scavenger Hunt was so much fun! It was interesting to see what activities were at each stop. I think the most fun one was at Johnny Rockets because we got to eat French Fries :P. Another entertaining activity was near Quickly’s. We had to dress up as the Jankster mascot as quickly as we could. It was really funny because everyone else who was walking by was just staring at us. I think, overall, this was a really fun experience.

Himani Parikh

Class of 2018

 

Toys for Tots

This is my second year helping out with Toys for Tots, and this year, I helped out at the face painting booth and was the toy runner. The toy runner stays behind the scenes and picks out toys that the children would like and delivers it back to Santa. I had a lot of fun picking out toys for the children and hearing their excitement as well as gratitude toward the gifts they received. I would most definitely help out with Toys for Tots again next year, because it is one of my favorite volunteering event that we do on our robotics team.

Rikako Shimizu

Class of 2017

This past week I volunteered at Toys for Tots, a Christmas event for the kids of low-income families. The children came to see Santa Claus who gave them a gift and later participated in all the fun activities. The Janksters did a variety of jobs, but I was a toy runner for the majority of the time. Searching through mountains of donations to find the toys that the elves requested was really challenging, but I felt proud that that I was able to help out. The kids’ joyful laughter of excitement upon receiving a gift from Santa was a great reward for me. The event had a high, positive enery and everyone was pumped for Christmas in the upcoming week. Though tired, I had so much fun and I would love to participate again next year!

Lily Johnson

Class of 2019

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