Zero Robotics is a nationwide summer-time programming competition for middle-school students where the robots are SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) inside the International Space Station! Each team of 10 to 20 students (who will be in Grades 6-9 in the fall) is organized and managed by a public or private school or community-based organization that serves middle-school youth. Each organization should apply by April 13, identify an adult to engage and inspire the team, recruit team members, create accounts on zerorobotics.mit.edu, and start writing code. The program runs July 9 to August 10, during which teams should expect to spend 15 hours a week on the project. The early rounds of the competition will use simulated SPHERES, and the final round of competition will use real SPHERES and will be officiated by an astronaut on the ISS sometime in August. For more information, contact Katie Magrane at Katie@massilc.com.
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