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Project Payload - Zero Robotics 

Zero Robotics is a new inspiring program for middle school students coming
this Summer 2023.

This five-week camp introduces students to computer programming, robotics, & space engineering. Students will compete against teams across the country, while astronauts referee the final competition live from space.

June 26-August 4th

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Student participants will compete to win a technically challenging game by programming their strategies into an Astrobee Satellite. Students’ programs control the satellites' speed, rotation, and direction of travel to complete competition objectives like navigating obstacles while conserving resources such as fuel.
The programs are autonomous - that is, the students are not able to directly control the satellites while they are running.

Students will create, edit, save, and simulate projects online. They will use a graphical editor to write code, then simulate their programs immediately and see the results using a simulation. The programming interface and simulation are entirely web-based, so ZR does not require any software downloads or computer configuration.


Each year’s game is motivated by a problem of interest to NASA and MIT. This year, NASA’s next-generation free-flyer, Astrobee, replaces the previously used hardware used for Zero Robotics, the SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hole Engage Reorient Experimental Satellites).


We will be functioning on a hybrid model: Mondays and Fridays will be held in-person on USC campus, while Tuesday through Thursdays take place online (Zoom)


Program Schedule

June 26 - June 30, 2023 (Week I)
July 3 - July 7, 2023 (Week II)
July 10 - July 14, 2023 (Week III)
July 17 - July 21, 2023 (Week IV)
July 24 - July 28, 2023 (Week V)
July 31 – August 4, 2023 (Week VI – FINALS WEEK)

Published on April 24th, 2023

Last updated on April 28th, 2023