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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…

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…

Sajiv Shah

Senior at Saratoga high school

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