ZERO ROBOTICS – Spheres ISS challenge
What is Zero Robotics?
Zero Robotics is a competition designed to cultivate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and to allow secondary school students unprecedented access to the International Space Station. The finals take place in the near- zero gravity environment aboard the ISS.
The competition starts online where teams compete to solve an annual challenge. Participants can create, edit, save, simulate, and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are invited to the European Space Agency (ESA) to view the finals aboard the ISS in a live championship!
What is SPHERES?
SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage Reorient Experimental Satellites) is a facility aboard the International Space Station with three nanosatellites. SPHERES provides a risk-tolerant environment for advanced research of estimation, control, and autonomy algorithms. Each satellite contains its own power, propulsion, processing, sensing, and communication systems, all controlled autonomously through an onboard computer.
Learn about strategy and brainstorming
Application of mathematics and physics to real-life problems
Code advanced computer programmes (C)
Learn the basics of robotics and satellite navigation
Learn to work in a multicultural environment
May – September Registration open and practise
September 7 Kickoff webcast live from MIT
September – November Online simulations
October 6 2D simulation deadline
October 27 3D simulation deadline
November 2 Alliance formation event
December 3 Alliance submission deadline
December 17 ISS Final submission deadline
January 2014 Final Event live from ISS!
To participate in the high school competition you must create a team of 5 to 10 Students and find a Primary Mentor.
Students (aged 16-20) must be enrolled in a school or equivalent programme (including home schooling). Students from different schools/groups can join together to form one team.
An adult affiliated with the school/group will lead the team throughout the season and must supervise the team. The mentor will provide space for team meetings, dedicate time to advising, and ensure sufficient programming support for the team.
We encourage teams to look for 1-3 additional volunteers with strong programming skills among professionals and academics from their community.
Summary for Participating Teams
Go to www.zerorobotics.org
Create an Account and log in
Click on Tournaments and register for the EU only tournament
Create a team and invite other users
Visit Resources for tutorials and start programming in the online IDE!
The Zero Robotics team is actively seeking regional partners to support the growth of the programme. Partners may be universities, non-profit organisations, community groups, professional organisations, school districts, and businesses. Partners will work with MIT and ESA to educate a “SPHERES Expert” who will provide support and help with outreach at a local or regional level.
Interested parties should e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org