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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

Week 3 Build POVs

Week 3 was really busy because we did a lot of decision-making about designs and mounting but it was fun because I also learned more about CADing and mating parts.

Maya Kesapradist

Class of 2020

This week, I learned how to CAD and 3D printed the robot’s battery mount. Miranda and I designed a structure on CAD that held and strapped the battery in place. This was my first experience designing and creating something that would go on the robot.

Emily Duh

Class of 2019

I helped teach rookies how to code and work on different projects with accelerometers. Lately, I’ve used resources a lot to look at different accelerometers and do more research to learn about them.

Tani Pham

Class of 2018

Week 2 Build POVs

Working on photography and videography this build season is exciting because I get to see how the team progresses with the robot through photos and videos while doing what I love.  I could never have imagined a better way to showcase my editing skills and creating weekly recap videos has allowed me to express my enthusiasm for build season.

Clare Tan

Class of 2017

 

I’ve been learning a lot about encoders and it’s been fun working with magnetic encoders and gearboxes. Week 2 has been pretty busy but I’ve been getting used to Build Season.

Srija Ponna

Class of 2020

Week 1 Build POVs

It was fun to be involved in the idea process and know that the ideas you came up with would be incorporated into the robot at the end of the 6 week build period. I liked talking to people and bouncing ideas off each other and getting guidance because it was a new experience for me. I’m excited for the design process and coming up with ideas to boost morale and team energy.

Sakshi Shrivastava

Class of 2020

 

Build season was really good. We came up with a bunch of different ideas for prototypes, but there were some pros and cons for each, so now we’re deciding what we’re gonna go with. We’re making a prototype that actually works and we’re going to see if we can pull this together. I’m excited to see if this gear-picking-up mechanism works.

KK Kumar

Class of 2020

It was interesting because I haven’t really done anything like this before, so it was interesting to see how everyone broke up into different groups, and everyone had different ideas, and at the end, we would have wrap-up, and we would all share each other’s ideas and we could give each other advice. Even though I’m not in chassis, I’m excited to see the main chassis. It’s harder to envision it when there’s nothing there now, but when everything’s put together, we can see how everything’s going to work.

Bella Padget

Class of 2020

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

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