Zero Robotics for middle school is a 5-week summer program where students learn advanced coding skills to maneuver satellites aboard the International Space Station called SPHERES.
The first 4 weeks of the program, students learn about the ISS, engage in fun educational activities, and program their SPHERE to complete a challenge in a virtual environment. In August, teams submit their code to astronauts aboard the ISS to compete in the ZERO Robotics Finals. The astronauts operate the SPHERES satellites in real time via a live feed from the station!
Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is provided through a partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Sciences, and the Innovation Learning Center. Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is sponsored by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) with financial support from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and the Northrop Grumman Foundation.