2016 Zero Robotics Middle School Program ISS Finals

BY: Dameian Lott
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The Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is an innovative and inspiring program for middle school students that is truly out of this world! The five-week STEM curriculum introduces students to computer programming, robotics, and space engineering, and provides hands-on experience programming SPHERES (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). The program culminates in a tournament where winning teams’ SPHERES compete aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Middle school participants will get to see the SPHERES operate in space via a live feed from the ISS while NASA astronauts provide real-time commentary.

Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is provided through a partnership between the MIT Space Systems Lab, the Innovation Learning Center, and Aurora Flight Sciences. The Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is sponsored by NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and the Northrup Grumman Foundation.

2016 Zero Robotics ISS Finals Agenda | Friday, August 12, 2016

09:00-9:05 National Welcome from MIT
09:05-09:25 Special Guest Speaker: Greg Johnson, Executive Director, CASIS
09:25-09:35 Game Overview and Rules Review
9:35-9:40 ISS Welcome
09:40-12:55 Finals Tournament Live from the International Space Station