Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Congratulations to Parker High School Computer Programmers Zero Robotics Team!

The Parker High led alliance team finished the MIT/NASA Zero Robotics programming challenge as the #2 team in the US. They will be invited to MIT to upload their program onto the space station and watch their  program operate spheres on the space station!

What is Zero Robotics?
Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, where teams program the SPHERES to solve an annual challenge. After several phases of virtual competition in a simulation environment that mimics the real SPHERES, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut will conduct the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast!

There are two types of Zero Robotics tournaments:

  • High School Tournament: Geared towards students in grades 9-12, the tournament takes place from September to December each year. This is an international event open to all teams from the US and member states of the European Space Agency.
  • Middle School Summer Program: This is a 5-week program in which younger students learn to program through a graphical interface. The program will take place at selected locations in the US. The first multi-state program took place in CA, FL, GA, ID, and MA in 2013 and is expected to expand to other states (TBD) in 2014.

Congratulations to the Parker High School team and best of luck at MIT!

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