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Ames to Host Zero Robotics Field Day For Middle and High School Students July 7th
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Ames to Host Zero Robotics Field Day For Middle and High School Students July 7th

NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) will host a Zero Robotics Field Day on July 7th, 2017. Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition for middle and high school students that uses the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) robots on the International Space Station (ISS). The competition starts online on the Zero Robotics 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 with the help of astronauts. The competition is led and managed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with the NASA Ames SPHERES Facility. During the Zero Robotics Field Day, California schools participating in Zero Robotics will visit NASA and learn more about their Zero Robotics game by conducting field activities. The Zero Robotics Finals will take place on ISS in early August.

BACKGROUND: SPHERES are bowling ball-sized spherical satellites with power, propulsion, computers, and navigation that can be used for inspections, maintenance, spacecraft assembly, and other intravehicular operations. The International Space Station (ISS) has been using three of them to conduct science and test a diverse array of hardware and software for more than a decade.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: SPHERES is funded by the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) program, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

ARC SPHERES TEAM: Jonathan Barlow, Jose Benavides, Jose Cortez, Robert Hanson, Simeon Kanis, Aric Katterhagen, Darryl Levasseur, Don Soloway, and Andres Vargas

POINT OF CONTACT: Jose Benavides, jose.v.benavides@nasa.gov

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