If you are reading this on your phone, have one near you, or have a tennis racket with you, flip it 4–5 times as shown below, trying to rotate it perfectly about its horizontal axis and catching it at the edge.


Links to earlier parts in series:

In parts 1 and 2 we discussed the design of our robotic shooter for the 2021 FIRST high school robotics challenge and explained how we used a physics-based trajectory generator to determine what velocity and angle we must launch the ball at to score…


Authored by: Ayaan Haque, Adithya Peruvemba, Sajiv Shah, and Viraaj Reddi, 4 rising juniors at Saratoga High.

Four bored high school teenagers in quarantine. A competition with a $300 prize. The result? A lesson learned. Two months ago, we began a project that picked up steam and became a state-sweeping…


A few weeks ago, our 12th grade English class read Lost in the Meritocracy by Walter Kirn. I won’t summarize the article, but as the title suggests, the piece is about Kirn’s journey through Princeton, where he chased meaningless accolades and achievements. …


Image of our legged robot platform for experimentation, by author

This article is an overview of the motivation and work presented in the recent work “SiMPLeR: A Series-Elastic Manipulator with Passive Variable Stiffness for Legged Robots” which details the design of a variable stiffness actuator and its application to a legged robot platform. This paper will be presented at the…


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Long Shot Slow-Motion, Gif by Author

After creating a working algorithm to simulate our trajectories, we need to determine what parameter we should optimize the trajectory for. Because many different combinations of velocity and angle result in a “score” from a singular distance, we have many options. …


Team 649’s 2021 Robot, “Guppy”. Image by Author

The FIRST Robotics Challenge is an international robotics competition that over 500,000 high school students compete in yearly. Each year, a challenge is released and teams create robots to compete in randomly matched 3 v 3 games. …


The Falcon 9 launching at 4:10 PM EST on June 30th || Image credits to SpaceX

A couple of days ago, SpaceX launched a series of GPS satellites for the Space Force. If you want to know more details about the launch, or are looking to know enough to add to a conversation at the dinner table, you’ve come to the right place.

Space Force and GPS III

The Recent mission…


“There’s nobody who can argue that Warren Buffett is better at the stock market than I am right now. I’m better than he is. That’s a fact.” — Dave Portnoy

If you live somewhere under a rock, you wouldn’t know that the Stock Market has become a completely unpredictable shitshow…


This is the Makr Shakr. Its a set of robotic arms that make and shake drinks that people can order on their phones. …

Sajiv Shah

Robotics enthusiast || Senior at Saratoga high school || Writer @ Towards Data Science

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