2021 Zero Robotics Space Coders Camp Sponsored by Aerospace
Zero Robotics Middle School Space Coders Camp
The Zero Robotics Space Coders Camp 2021 is an innovative and inspiring program for middle school students that is truly out of this world! The three-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). Participants that complete this year’s virtual summer program will be guaranteed a spot in a 2022/2023 competition, when student developed code will run live on the International Space Station!.
Zero Robotics Space Coders Camp 2021 is provided through a partnership between the Aerospace Corporation, MIT Space Enabled Research Group and the Innovation Learning Center.
Zero Robotics seeks to inspire our next generation of great minds by allowing them unprecedented access to space at the middle school level. By making the benefits and resources of the International Space Station tangible to students, Zero Robotics hopes to cultivate an appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math through healthy, immersive, collaborative competition.
Student participants compete to win a technically challenging game by programming their strategies into the SPHERES. Students’ programs control the satellites' speed, rotation, and direction of travel. The students program their satellites to complete competition objectives, for example 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.
Each year’s game is motivated by a problem of interest to NASA and MIT.
Students create, edit, save, and simulate projects online. They 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.
Space Coders Camp Schedule
July 12 (Mon) Start of Camp Jul 20   (Tues) Career Day (Virtual) July 28 (TBR) (Wed) Final Code Deadline July 30 (Fri) Last Day of Camp Parents/Students The Zero Robotics Space Coders Camp 2021 is recommended for middle school students who are rising 5th graders through rising 9th graders. Teams are typically 10-20 students.
How To Participate
July 12 (Mon)
Start of Camp
Jul 20   (Tues)
Career Day (Virtual)
July 28 (TBR) (Wed)
Final Code Deadline
July 30 (Fri)
Last Day of Camp
The Zero Robotics Space Coders Camp 2021 is recommended for middle school students who are rising 5th graders through rising 9th graders. Teams are typically 10-20 students.2021 is a virtual program. While priority will be given to schools and community-based organizations in the Aerospace Corporation service area - other states, US Territories and US military bases abroad can apply. ,Teams from non-ISS partner countries are encouraged to monitor the ZR website for future opportunities.
Priority Program Areas can be found here: herePlease contact Katie Magrane (Katie@MassILC.com) for more information
Participating Program InformationParticipating organizations are by invitation only. If interested in being part of the 2021 Space Coders Camp complete THIS APPLICATION by June 14, 2021 5:00pm EST
Zero Robotics provides educators with the necessary training and ongoing technical support needed to provide middle school students with an experiential learning opportunity in computer programming. Zero Robotics builds critical engineering skills, including problem-solving, and teamwork. It connects students with prominent scientists and encourages them to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and/or math.
The middle school curriculum can be viewed at the following link: http://static.zerorobotics.mit.edu/docs/ms/EducatorGuide.pdf
Mandatory Educator Training Sessions
Training for the Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is provided in a two-part sequence. Both sessions are currently scheduled to be held online.
- Part 1: Tuesday, June 22 (9:00-12:00 PT; 12:00-3:00 ET)
- Part 2: Thursday, June 24th (9:00-12:00 PT; 12:00-3:00 ET)