Zero Robotics is a program out of MIT that offers 5 weeks of programming curriculum for middle schoolers. During the five week program, middle school students work in teams with summer program educators to learn about computer programming, coding, robotics and space engineering while gaining experience programming SPHERES (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). The program culminates in a national tournament where each state submits code that is used for the SPHERES battle aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Middle school participants see the SPHERES operate in space via a live feed from the ISS while NASA astronauts provide real-time commentary.
OregonASK has been facilitating the implementation of Zero Robotics teams around Oregon since the summer of 2015. We partner with Oregon State University to host a Field Day kick off event and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to host the finale. All of the curriculum and software for Zero Robotics is provided to programs for free. We have been working the last several years to bring new teams on each year in hopes of exposing more youth to this unique experience.
If you are interested in learning more or putting a team together for next years competition, please contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.