Zero Robotics: 2024 Summer Program
Congratulations!  You and your students are being invited to participate in the 2024 Zero Robotics Summer Program where they will be given the opportunity to write code to control NASA's Astrobee satellites aboard the International Space Station! 

Sponsored by the Aerospace Corporation, NASA, and the ISS National Lab and operated by MIT Media Lab's Space Enabled Group with STEMx365 and the Innovation Learning Center - the Summer of 2024 is looking to be extremely competitive and very exciting.   If you wish to form a team and participate, we ask that you complete the initial registration (via this Google Form) no later than May 3, 2024.   If we do not receive a confirmation of your registration, we will open your spot up to another team on our waitlist.  Teams will be notified on a rolling basis.

Please contact with any questions or email

We hope you will join us this summer!
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If interested, ZR will host three informational webinars:
Wednesday February 28th 12:30 pm EST - Register in advance for this meeting.   
Wednesday March 20th 3:00 pm EST - Register in advance for this meeting.   
Wednesday April 10th   1:30pm EST - Register in advance for this meeting.  
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ZR Program Description
Zero Robotics is a 5-week coding program in which middle school students (rising 5th graders through rising 9th graders) learn to program robotic satellites aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This program is FREE of charge and all educators & mentors receive a free coding curriculum, free teacher training and free technical assistance.  All you need to do to get started is (1) register your school/program/team by completing this application,  (2) identify a mentor or teacher to lead your team, (3) create a team of 7-20 students (4) make sure everyone has access to computers with internet access, and (5) create accounts to start writing code for satellites!

The competition starts online, where teams program the Astrobee Satellites to solve an annual challenge. After several phases of virtual competition in a simulation environment that mimics the real Astrobee, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut conducts the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast to your school or community based organization.
ZR Program Dates
The ZR program will run from June 24 - August 2, 2024.  This competition will be in-person at your respective sites (with online/virtual flexibility) based on teacher and location availability.  We suggest 10 to 15hrs/week to ensure students are getting the best experience. 

Summer Program Dates  
Week 1.    June 24 - June 28, 2024
Week 2.    July 1 - July 5, 2024
Week 3.    July 8 - July 12, 2024
Week 4.    July 15 - July 19, 2024
Week 5.    July 22 - July 26, 2024
Week 6.    July 29 - August 2, 2024 (Finals Week)

Summer Program Days/Time  
Your school/program has flexibility in terms of when and how you meet!
Whether you meet in-person, online or hybrid - or whether you meet 2 days a week or 5 days a week, all teams are encouraged to aim for 10-15hrs/week to ensure students are getting the best experience possible.

Special Events and Code Submission Deadlines
July 5               Practice Code Deadline - Friday 5pm local time (submitted online)
July 8 – 12      Field Day Week - Events to be determined locally*
July 10             Career Day - Hosted by Aerospace Corporation (online event)
July 15             Round One Code Deadline - Monday12pm local time (submitted online)
July 16             Alliance Announcements - Tuesday 1pm EST (online webinar)
July 16-21       Alliance Meetings & Alliance Code Development
July 22             ISS/Final Code Deadline - Monday 5pm local time (submitted online)
August 2          International Space Station Finals**Live finals date/time subject to change by NASA**

*MIT Field Day (New England Teams) –July 18th

Teacher/Mentor Training:
MIT and ILC will be conducing in-person and online trainings for formal and informal educators.  These trainings will take play throughout May and in early June.  Please complete the training section below to assist us in planning sessions that best meet your needs.  Details of training will be sent out upon notification or your registration receipt.

Completed Commitment Form & Notification Process
Teams invited to participate are asked to complete this form by Friday, May 3, 2024.
Programs and schools will be accepted on a rolling basis.  
Space is limited.
Part I:  Organizational Information
Organization Information and Community Demographics
School/Organization Name *
School/Organization Street # and Street Name *
School/Organization City *
School/Organization State *
School/Organization Zip Code *
School/Organization Country *
Email (of person completing this form) *
Phone Number (of person completing this form) *
How many students do you expect to have on your team?  
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Name of Zero Robotics "Coach" 
 - if 'to be determined', please write TBD
Email of Zero Robotics "Coach" 
 - if 'to be determined', please write TBD
Phone Number of Zero Robotics "Coach" 
 - if 'to be determined', please write TBD
Name of School Principal/Org. Executive Director 

- if you are a STUDENT completing this form, please write "student applicant" and list your age.  You must identify an adult mentor if accepted.

- if you are a PARENT applicant, please write Parent-led team.
Email of School Principal/Org. Executive Director *
Please select ALL that apply: *
Please list your school/organization website
How did you learn about this opportunity *
Team Development/Student Recruitment
Please check all that apply
Please keep me updated on the return of the High School Tournament in the Fall
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