On Jan. 28, TEECS’ High School Team, ROBOMIA, Srikar Sadhu, Tejaswini Ashok, Neel Guda and Ujjayi Pamidigantam, participated in the Zero Robotics High School competition held at the International Space Station and MIT Campus. Their program was tested at the International Space Center during the finals at MIT. Their alliance team was from Romania, creating team Milk and Cereal, and they worked together for the finals. During the finals, there were only 18 teams from the United States out of 42 teams from all over the world. They received third place and a competitor award.

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. High School participants get to see the SPHERES operate in space via a live feed from the ISS while NASA astronauts provide real-time commentary.

The competition is called ECO SPHERES. The goal is to program a Sphere to traverse a debris field in search of a “damaged” sphere randomly placed on the playing field. When it finds the damaged sphere, it must hook onto it and drag it to safety. The ECO-SPHERES design includes a hook for the SPHERES to use to tow any type of cargo. Approximately 200 teams from all over the world joined the competition.



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