For Age Group: Everyone
Hey everyone, welcome to my first blog. My name is Om Desai (https://www.linkedin.com/in/omdesai). I just finished seventh grade at New Providence Middle School (I’m starting my summer vacation, which is super-exciting), and at the time of writing this, I am 12 years old. I’m one of the founders of Team AIRO, along with my friends Gyan Ghoda (http://gyanghoda.com/) and Siddhant Desai. I’ve been passionate about programming, robotics, and mathematics since a young age. More recently, I’ve also been interested in chess and Rubik’s Cube solving, and I’m part of the school orchestra, playing viola. In my spare time I make games, study googology and cryptography, and, of course, watch YouTube.
We’re all extremely passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), and we want to share this passion with the rest of the world via this blog, and we’re also hoping that you might like some new things from these blogs, and share them with the rest of the world. We’ll update every now and then, with me, Gyan, and Siddhant writing the posts. We’ll mostly blog about STEM-related topics we feel would interest young readers, lead you to learning something new and fun, and encourage you to continue loving STEM.
Why are we writing this blog? Let me tell you a story from when I was in elementary school.
Basically everyone in my elementary school hated math, and for good reason. Our math teacher would get up, write something on the board which no one actually read, and then sit back down and tell us to do pages in our workbook. I loved math, but I was still bored out of my mind, and eventually resorted to jumping off chairs (something our math teacher never noticed!) after I finished every page in the workbook by the first two months. The math class led to some of my friends – who loved math earlier, by the way – vandalize their workbooks so they read “Go Away Math” instead of “Go Math”, which I think was quite clever and funny. I was lucky to have really good teachers for science, though, and I did have good math teachers every so often, but I’ve heard that people who weren’t as lucky with their science teachers as me felt similarly with science.
That’s why the goal of Team AIRO is to show kids that not all STEM is that boring, and that there are some really interesting and fun things out there to learn. I promise there are some really cool stuff you’ll learn from these blogs, mixed in with fun and humor. People of all ages, from young children to adults, can find out something new and have fun doing it. It’ll be great!
Have a great start of your summer vacation. And enjoy this video about what we did with a robot: