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Sep
19

Come join us at Chezy Champs!

by James Jiao

September 24th -- 25th, 2016 (Saturday to Sunday) Chezy Champs Chezy Champs is an annual off-season FIRST robotics tournament hosted by FRC team 254, the Cheesy Poofs. The third annual Chezy Champs will take place on September 24-25, 2016 at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. 43 teams will come together in San Jose to battle it out to determine the best in the west. Please come and watch our robot and other high-performance robots compete in this competition! Event Schedule and other details can be found at https://chezychamps.com/. Read More
Jun
27

Robonanza 2016

by Yiu-On Li

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You say banana, I say Robonanza. At the groggy time of 8:30 am on June 22, a time unheard of since the end of the school year, we, the Funky Monkeys, loaded up a truck, packed our bags, and headed to the sixth annual Robonanza. This event was hosted by Intuitive Surgical (not by us, as the banana pun earlier would seem to suggest), a company geared towards the medical robotics industry. Just in case you don't know what Robonanza is, it's a robotics gathering that offers local FIRST teams a chance to show off the robot they built during the year's build season to other teams and Intuitive Surgical employees. This is achieved through a series of polite inquiries and fast-paced matches related to the year's game, FIRST Stronghold. For the (hopefully) few of you that clicked on this post simply because you can't stand the thought of an unread post sitting on the previous page and prefer the tl;dr side of things, then here it is: The weather ...Read More

Apr
28

Shikhar Jagadeesh wins Dean List at Champs!

by Rohan Aren

Shikhar Jagadeesh, our VP and core member of the Funky Monkeys, wins the Dean's List Award at Champs in St. Louis! The Dean's List Award is one of FIRST's most prestigious awards and recognizes a student's leadership, dedication, and embodiement of FIRST ideals. Congratulations Shikhar!  Read More
Apr
16

Silicon Valley Regional

by Shadaj Laddad

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Lynbrook's Funky Monkeys, FIRST 846, competed at the Silicon Valley FIRST Robotics Regional last weekend, and we showed a lot of improvement since our first competition in Arizona. During the opening ceremonies, we were presented with the UL Safety Animation Award, a national award bestowed on the team for its winning safety animation, right after Amrita Iyer, our Co-Hardware Lead and the rapper in the video, performed live. We were also pleased to receive the Motorola Quality Award that "Celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication."  When announcing the award, the judges cited the design of our perfectly counterbalanced arms on our robot and our Girls Subsystem Challenge.  Caption: The Funky Monkeys pose for a photo after winning the Quality Award. After three weeks of coming up with new modifications on the practice robot, our pit crew worked hard on adding those modifications ...Read More

Feb
11

Lynbrook Robotics wins 2016 Safety Animation Award

by Shadaj Laddad

The Funky Monkeys, Lynbrook's Robotics Team, have won the 2016 Safety Animation award. FIRST writes: Congratulations, FRC Team 846, The Funky Monkeys, from San Jose, California, USA, on your winning entry! The Funky Monkeys will be receiving a special UL-designed trophy at one of their events, and their animation will be played at every FRC event this season.  Each year, we compete with other FIRST Robotics teams to produce a 40 second animation about safety.  This year we were asked to use a medieval theme, in keeping with this year's robot game, "Stronghold". The vision and production of our animation was directed by student Brian Lo, and complemented with original music and rap performed by Amrita Iyer.   Break out your headphones; here is the FIRST Robotics announcement and link to our 2016 Safety Animation:Read More
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
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