Zero Robotics

Ages:High School

Type:Tournament

Categories:aerospace engineering, engineering, Robotics, STEM

Scope:International

September 27, 2017 Registration Closes

Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, on this website, where teams program the SPHERES to solve an annual challenge. After several phases of virtual competition in a simulation environment that mimics the real SPHERES, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut will conduct the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast!

The High School Tournament, for 9-12th grade students takes place from September to December each year. This is an international event open to all teams from the US and member states of the European Space Agency.

All tournaments are free of charge. All you need to do to get started is (1) find a team of 5-20 students and a mentor, (2) create an account and (3) register your team for a tournament.

The participants compete to win a technically challenging game by programming their strategies into the SPHERES satellites. The game is motivated by a current problem of interest to DARPA, NASA and MIT. Student software controls satellite speed, rotation, direction of travel, etc. Depending on the game premise, the students must program their satellites to complete game objectives (navigate obstacles, pick up virtual objects, etc.) while conserving resources (fuel, charge, etc.) and staying within specified time and code-size limits. The programs are "autonomous" - that is, the students cannot control the satellites during the test itself.

Student teams begin in a series of online tournaments where top scoring teams are then selected to compete by sending their code to the SPHERES on the International Space Station!

Teams are scored based on the performance of a sphere in a virtual environment for the first phases of the tournament, and then in a real environment on board the ISS for the finals.
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/

Managing Organization: MIT

Contact:


Entry Fee: $0

This competition is open to students in High School.

September 27, 2017 Registration Closes

Overview

Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, on this website, where teams program the SPHERES to solve an annual challenge. After several phases of virtual competition in a simulation environment that mimics the real SPHERES, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut will conduct the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast!

The High School Tournament, for 9-12th grade students takes place from September to December each year. This is an international event open to all teams from the US and member states of the European Space Agency.

All tournaments are free of charge. All you need to do to get started is (1) find a team of 5-20 students and a mentor, (2) create an account and (3) register your team for a tournament.

Process

The participants compete to win a technically challenging game by programming their strategies into the SPHERES satellites. The game is motivated by a current problem of interest to DARPA, NASA and MIT. Student software controls satellite speed, rotation, direction of travel, etc. Depending on the game premise, the students must program their satellites to complete game objectives (navigate obstacles, pick up virtual objects, etc.) while conserving resources (fuel, charge, etc.) and staying within specified time and code-size limits. The programs are "autonomous" - that is, the students cannot control the satellites during the test itself.

Student teams begin in a series of online tournaments where top scoring teams are then selected to compete by sending their code to the SPHERES on the International Space Station!

Criteria

Teams are scored based on the performance of a sphere in a virtual environment for the first phases of the tournament, and then in a real environment on board the ISS for the finals.

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/

Managing Organization: MIT

Contact:


Entry Fee: $0

This competition is open to students in High School.

Deadlines

September 27, 2017 Registration Closes