Zero Robotics is a robotic programming competition where teams of students, assisted by adult mentors, program miniature satellites called SPHERES, that compete inside the International Space Station in the final round. Students program the satellites to play a challenging game, and can create, edit, share, save, compile, simulate, and submit code from the Zero Robotics website. Began in 2009, the competition was opened to the general programming public for the first time this year, and many student teams from across the nation are furiously competing to write C code and build the best strategies for winning this year's game, AsteroSPHERES. Collaboration as well as competition is important to do well. Students learn valuable skills about working as a team, designing real-world software, overcoming programming challenges, solving challenging math-and-science-related problems, meeting deadlines, creating strategies, and gaining familiarity with online simulations and development environments. Ultimately each team dreams of seeing their code in action as it controls a satellite in space!
For more information please see the Zero Robotics Homepage
Some team members from Combustion decided to participate in the SPHERES challenge and so our Zero Robotics team is an offshoot from our FIRST robotics team. We see as a engaging and interactive way to learn new skills during our offseason. Sam H. is the student lead of our SPHERES team. So view a schedule of events, please see the Calendar page.