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Oct
19

Fleet Week

by Rohan Aren

Fleet Week is an event during October 10th and 11th that showcases military personnel, various tasks done by them, and really cool air shows by the Blue Angels and others. The Funky Monkeys go every year to volunteer and help out with selling concession items and we earn a portion of the profits for the team. Usually, in past years, we’ve volunteered to spend our time at two concession stands. This year we tried something different; instead of volunteering at two concession stands and selling the same things, we volunteered our help to a brat selling vendor by the name of Johnsonville Brats, and one concession stand. We had a team of 9 students, mentors, and parents help out at the grill and the buying station (4 at the grill and 5 at the buying station). We had a ton of customers and it was an exhilarating experience. Even though we had some issues, it was a good team effort all around, as we were able to keep up with the mad rush of customers. Good job all around to everybody who helped ...Read More
Oct
9

Night on the Quad Recap

by Rohan Aren

Night on the Quad was an event organized by Lynbrook High School's PTSA on Thursday, September 24th, 2015. Lynbrook Robotics, the Funky Monkeys, set up a demonstration for visiting parents and kids, who were entranced by the "completely crazy" robots. Members, veterans and rookies alike, arrived at 5:00 sharp at the workshop to export anything possibly required, from CAUTION tape to steering wheels, to, of course, the robots. The 2014 and 2015 competition robots were exhibited off of the Quad, drawing people of all ages to witness the high-school team creations in action. Drive teams set up steering wheels and joysticks, as well as elaborate loops of wiring and extension cords leading across the paths. Nearby, members explained the game and their inventions to spectators. The 2015 Junky Monkey displayed its prowess and ability stacking totes and recycling containers that were being dispensed from a ramp speedily, creating a tower of 6 totes and a container to deploy in under 1 minute. ...Read More
Oct
4

CalGames Recap

by Elton Chang

Hey Team,     During Friday and Saturday,we hosted the annual CalGames Robotics Competition at Lynbrook High School. Over 30 teams from different schools were there, with over 700 people! As each match flew by, the level of excitement throughout the entire event rose, until it got to the finals. The finalists were the third alliance, composed of Team 3859, the Wolfpack from Elk Grove, Team 3256, the Warriorborgs from San Jose, and Team 668, the Apes of Wrath from San Jose. The opposing finalists were the first alliance, with Team 971, Spartan Robotics from Mountain View, Team 4255, the RoboDores from Monterey, and yours truly, team 846. The next three matches were the most intense ones yet, with the final scores of 130 to 128 and 164 to 166, with the third alliance coming out on top. Congratulations to the winners, Teams 3859, 3256, and 668, as well as the finalists, Teams 971, 846, and 4255! There, we also received the Finalist Award and the Entrepreneurship Award.     ...Read More
Sep
22

Chezy Champs Recap

by Elton Chang

Hey Team,         Last weekend, we competed at the annual Chezy Champs hosted by team 254, the Cheesy Poofs. At the start of the competition, we were having a rough time. During our first match, we only managed to score 40 points. After thorough analyzing and fixing our robot in between matches, we managed to score our all time elimination record with a score of 204.     However, the real show was in the finals. Team 254, as expected, made it to the finals alongside teams 973 and 604. The other alliance was team 3476, 971, and 968. During the first match of the finals, team 254's alliance swept the other alliance, leaving all of us to expect that the finals would not be as interesting as we had initially thought. However, team 3476's alliance surprised us all. For the next two matches, both alliances were neck to neck and was very intense. 3476's alliance won the second match, tying it 1-1, which brought it to the tiebreaker. The last ...Read More
Sep
4

Welcome!

by Elton Chang

Ah. A new year, a new beginning. But most of all, new members! We are so excited to meet another group of talented individuals. Our first meeting will be in the gym on Wednesday, September 9th. Be sure to come and visit our officers and last year’s robot, Funk Cannon. We will provide all the information you will need to become a Funky Monkey. Don’t worry, there won’t be any tests or anything! At least not yet. Just kidding! As well as signing up, we will also talk about all of the exciting events that you can participate in this fall. We look forward to seeing you there! Also: If you haven't already, be sure to check out our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/555091331304564/ Stay Funky, Your Officers Read More
Apr
24

Upcoming Events!

by Megan Lau

Now ~ End of School Year Weekly Worksessions In the worksessions, we begin offseason projects. Last year, students and mentors worked on things like 3D printing which proved useful on this year's robot, and electric skateboards. From these experiences, students gain lots of insights and knowledge on various aspects of engineering. May 9th, 2015 (Saturday), 2 - 4 PM @ Lynbrook High School Rm. 608 PCB Design Workshop w/ Jonathan Chai Robotics alumni, Jonathan Chai will be coming over to Lynbrook to teach us about designing PCBs (printed circuit boards)! This two-hour event will start at 2pm and will be held in Room 608.  Please bring your laptops. Other details will be announced soon. May 23rd, 2015 (Saturday) Team Banquet To celebrate the great season and welcome next year's officers, all students, alumni, mentors, and parents are invited to the annual team banquet. This year, it will most likely be held either at Maggiano's Little Italy or Pedro's Restaurant & Cantina. The ...Read More
Apr
24

Silicon Valley Regional 2015

by Megan Lau

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During April 2nd - 4th, our robotics team, the Funky Monkeys, reached the semifinals at the Silicon Valley FIRST Regional (SVR) Robotics competition.  We were the 3rd pick on a field of 57 competitors, and our success was the result of hard work improving on our performance at our earlier competition in Orlando, Florida. On the very first day of SVR, the pit crew spent half the day exchanging parts like the new collector arms, testing the different subsystems, and tuning match strategy over the course of a few practice matches. Through Friday and Saturday morning, we competed in qualification matches, aiming to seed as one of the top eight teams. Our robot performed well in almost all of these matches, carrying our alliance members with scores that only increased over the two days.  In addition to an improved design and well-practiced driveteam, we also flaunted our new aluminum ramp, which was capable of lining up multiple totes ...Read More

Mar
30

Come See Us at SVR!

by Megan Lau

April 2nd -- 4th, 2015 (Thursday to Sunday) Silicon Valley Regional Competition This is our second regional event and it is at the San Jose State University Event Center. It's our local event, so come watch our robot and other high-performance robots compete in this competition! Sign ups to attend will be sent out within the next week. Event Schedule: http://www.firstsv.org/?page_id=111 To stay updated with the team throughout this event, you can sign up to receive either texts or emails here: http://lynbrookrobotics.com/funkyfans/ Read More
Mar
24

Orlando Regional

by Megan Lau

From March 11th to 15th, a group of twenty-two students and mentors traveled to the CFE Arena in Orlando, Florida to compete at the regional. On the first day, the pit crew did an amazing job of disassembling, and re-making the entire robot with the new designs in just 10 hours. In the two days after that, we played ten qualification matches, and were chosen to be part of the 4th-seeded alliance with Team 2556 and 1251 during alliance selections. Our team played the two matches in the quarter finals, but our alliance score average was not enough to take us to the semi-finals. Despite that we encountered a few problems that made our robot stationary during matches, we are still proud that our pit crew was able to rebuild an entire robot in such a short time, our scouters provided the team with extremely accurate information on other teams, and our team's event manager, Nikita Seth, was one of the two finalists for the Dean's List award at this regional. (The Dean's List award celebrates ...Read More
Feb
18

It's Almost the End of Build Season!

by Megan Lau

Build season has come to a close. After six weeks of designing, coding, wiring, and machining, we have created Junky Monkey! We've had a grueling build and we've bagged our robot which is ready to be shipped to Orlando. Let's hope the next few weeks leading up to Orlando will be helpful to us! Read More
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