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May
15

Mark Leon: Lunar Micro Rovers (5/20/14)

by Anurag Makineni

This coming Tuesday (5/20/14) at 7:00PM Mark Leon, the Manager of the NASA Robotics Alliance Project at NASA Ames research center, will be coming to Lynbrook to give a talk on his project: Lunar Micro Rovers!  You may recognize Mark Leon as the MC at many of the FIRST events we've attended over the years! The talk should be very exciting! Learn more about the Lunar Micro Rover project here: http://robotics.nasa.gov/lmr/index.php The talk will be on 5/20/14 @ 7:00PM in Room 608. Since space is limited in the room, we're taking signups for the event here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fp1zJN5Z_zxQmHbuHOCWaOZSsHGiBF-A9lcppj10Fm0/viewform See ...Read More
Apr
27

World Championships 2014 Recap

by Miles Chan

Yesterday, our team finished our run in the Newton division at the World Championships ranked 7th out of 100 great teams. Every team (except 48) qualified by winning a regional, prestigious award, or being a finalist against a previous qualifier for the event. We won the Buckeye Regional in our first ever victory to qualify. We played with the best in FIRST, and ended the qualification rounds with the highest average points contribution (OPR) to a match and as 4th highest contributer to the winning margin for matches. Our autonomous, assist, and teleop scores were amongst the best in the division. We really played well, and it showed when we were the 3rd selection out of all 100 teams in Newton, the 1st pick for the 3rd alliance. We once again joined our alliance captains from Buckeye, Team 910 - The Foley Freeze, and rounded out our alliance with Team 330 - Beachbots. For our backup robot, we selected another Buckeye contender, Team 1507 - The Warlocks. Our alliance was very ...Read More
Apr
11

Silicon Valley Regional Recap

by Brandon Strong

Last weekend, Lynbrook Robotics participated in Silicon Valley's annual robotics competition at San Jose State University. It was a fun regional and we definitely were hyped, having won our first regional 2 weeks before. We started out with a good lead, winning our first four qualifier matches but then proceeded to stagger at our 4th and 5th. Our fourth match was match 47. We were playing with the powerhouses: allied with 971, against 254. In addition to those two amazing teams, we were also playing against a team all the way from Hawaii, team 368 (who had a swerve drive to remember). After a hard-fought match we came up victorious, which was a major moral booster for us. By the end of qualifiers we had a score of 8-3, leaving us in 9th seed. After being picked by the 4th seeded team, team 1323, we were up for eliminations. We won quarters with a flying lead, but stopped dead at semifinals. We lost to the 2 powerhouses mentioned above, 971 and 254. And with that disheartening turn of events, ...Read More
Mar
21

Cleveland Regional - Day 2

by Abhishek Johri

Today we played 8 qualification matches. We had a rough morning as we had a 1-2 (win-loss) record. In one of the matches we had a popped ball which gave a final score of 137-140 (so close!) Then after lunch the monkeys went and won the rest of their matches for the day. Generally the team was cycling the ball either from the human player or from an teammate. There was a good amount of defense being played on the robot but that didn't stop the team from scoring more points. There were no technical issues but we did have a small auto issue that was quickly resolved. Then at the end of the day, during the awards, the team received the Creativity. A FIRST for the team. Overall great day and tune in again to see the final day of the competition. Our first match is Qualification match number 74 which will be around 9:20am (Cleveland time) and 6:20am for everybody in San Jose. Best of luck to the team.   Read More
Mar
20

Cleveland Regional - Day 1

by Abhishek Johri

Today was the first day of the competition for the team in Cleveland. The team got 2 practice matches in, of which we won one and lost the other. Tomorrow the team's first match will be Qualification Match number 2. If you want to see the match schedule the list is here: http://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2014ohcl   under the results tab.  Note the time stated in the match is what time the match will occur in Cleveland. Since our first match is at 9:06 am inCleveland if any of you want to see it you'll need to be up at 6:06am.  Now that the regional has started the webcasts are also up for all of you to see. Here is the link to the webcast:http://www.thebluealliance.com/gameday#view_0=2014ohcl-1 ...Read More
Nov
11

MadTown Throwdown Recap

by Miles Chan

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We had a great time in our first ever appearance at Madtown Throwdown. We finished a very difficult qualification match schedule ranked 5th, and became the captains of the 4th alliance; a feat that is very impressive, considering the high level of teams competing at this event.   Alliance captains get to pick the other two robots on our alliance, and as such we selected 8971 and 9971, the two backup robots fielded by Team 971, Spartan Robotics of Mountain View High School. In the quarterfinals, we played three rounds in the best two-out-of-three series, battling for a slot in the semifinals. We didn't end up pulling away to the semifinals, but we took Ultimate Funky Object off the field very satisfied with what we were able to accomplish. During Madtown, we greatly improved our robot's performance. We climbed to the second level at this event many times, our centerline autonomous worked a few times, and we gained valuable ...Read More

Oct
20

Intuitive Surgical Visit Recap

by Rahul Iyer

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A few of us visited Intuitive Surgical today, at their open house. After we arrived at the location, we were given a presentation on what Intuitive Surgical does, the features of the daVinci Surgical System, and the advantages that it offers to patients and hospitals. After this presentation, we were led to a demonstration area with two daVinci Si machines and two daVinci virtual simulators.  Under the supervision of Intuitive Surgical employees, students were able to use the machines to play a game with miniature rings that had to be placed on miniature "Whoville" (Dr. Seuss) plastic surface.  Here's a picture I found online:  One of the most fascinating aspects of this experience was the fact that all large human actions were scaled down by the machine to replicate movements at a very small level.  We were also able to use common laparoscopy instruments and witnessed their difficulty to use compared to the daVinci ...Read More

Oct
5

CalGames 2013 Recap

by Miles Chan

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We finished our 2013 Robot's season with a great day at CalGames. Here's the story, in brief! After a tough set of qualification matches, we finished not amongst the top 8 seeds. So, we awaited selection by whichever seeded teams wanted us on their alliance. Impatiently. We knew we'd get picked, we just didn't know who was going to get us. We ended up selected by our friends on Team 2813 (Prospect HS) and Team 649 (Saratoga HS) to join the 6th seeded alliance, and we had great fun playing against Team 604 (Leland HS) in the quarterfinals and Team 971 (Mountain View HS) and Team 100 (Woodside) when we advanced to the semifinals. We successfully collected discs from the centerline during autonomous, ran 3-4 cycles through defense despite our various issues, and used our new pneumatic hang to great effect, and we contributed the majority of points that our alliance put up during our matches. Then, we won the Entrepreneurship Award thanks ...Read More

Aug
4

Tech Museum Demo Recap

by Abhishek Johri

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Yesterday, August 3rd, The Funky Monkeys returned to the Tech Museum to demonstrate the magnificence of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at the annual Tech Summer Member Party. We arrived at The Tech around 6:05pm and got set up quickly as the Tech Members came rushing through the doors at 6:15. With our robot up and ready to go we started our demo at the Tech by launching some frisbees into the open!  As the demo continued the kids were really excited as they started to operate the robot and shot the frisbees. They went back to their parents and said "Did you see that I picked up and shot the frisbee!". We also had a lot chances for people to see the robot up close to change the battery and ask questions regarding how we built the robot and why. We also had an opportunity to meet a voice actor of the animated Transformer series, David Sobolov the voice of Shockwave. He said "I ...Read More

Jul
14

Vanderbend Demo Recap

by Nikita Seth

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On July 10, 2013 we went to Vanderbend to give a demo to the staff that helped us weld our robot frame together. We spent approximately a half hour showing Mr. Vanderbeek, and the rest of the staff how our robot worked, what the objective was, and various other snazzy aspects to it. While showing them our robot, we talked to them about each item along with the newsletters and our judges book. Not only did we get a chance to show them our robot, we also presented our photo journal and photo frame to thank them for all the help and support they’ve given us! Also, right after our demo was done, Johnny “The Welder” Gambini  rewelded our broken weld! Here are some photos of our demo. Read More

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