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  • Tel: 608-6C0deEx(608-620-3339)
  • 133 Great Road, Acton, MA

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2021 Zero Robotics Space Coders Camp

Program Overview

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 Lab and the Innovation Learning Center. The Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is sponsored by NASA and the ISS National Lab.

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. The system even allows teams to compete against themselves so that they can test different strategies before finalizing their competition submissions.

Career Day

July 20th, 2021 - Virtual

An all-competitor Career Day hosted by The Aerospace Corporation is scheduled for July 20th, 2021. The time of this event will be communicated later. Students from both sessions will be attending this event at the same time as planned by Aerospace Corporation.


Sessions will be held in the Physical Class room setting at the C0deEX location at 133 Great Rd, Acton, MA. You can select the session that suits your student’s time.

Morning Session – 10:00-1:00 PM EST

Evening Session – 5:30-8:30 PM EST

COVID Policy

We will maintain the social distancing and all CDC and State Guidelines.

All our staff are vaccinated.

What are the things we will cover during this 3 week program.

  • Understand the basic math and physics concepts involved in maneuvering the SPHERES satellites, including:
    • Forces
    • Motion
    • Newton's Laws
    • Order of operations
    • Grids and graphing
    • Cartesian coordinates
    • Dimensions
    • Vectors
  • Understand the basic elements of the ZR game and programming the SPHERES
  • Understand how the ZR game controls can be used in a computer program to maneuver the SPHERES satellites
  • Be able to complete advanced programming tasks in the ZR IDE using the instructions provided
  • Be able to work in a team to solve problems related to activities and your game strategy and coding
  • Preparing a video representing your team and work


Students will have to create a video presenting their team and work as part of the final submission.

Registration Fee

Early Bird $825 (if registered before June 15th).

Regular - $899

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