The CHS Zero Robotics team will travel to MIT to compete in the final round of the 2017 Zero Robotics contest sponsored by NASA and MIT on January 11, 2018.
During the finals, CHS students’ code will control small robots aboard the International Space Station. Astronauts aboard the ISS will judge the final round of robot maneuvers while the teams watch via a live video feed.
The team of computer programmers from the Charlottesville High School BACON Club (Best All-Around Club of Nerds) earned first place in round one of the Zero Robotics competition earlier this year and then joined forces with two other teams to form an alliance for the finals.
The competition is sponsored by the world’s premier space and defense agencies and the MIT. More than 200 teams from all over the world participate in the competition, primarily from elite schools specializing in science and technology. This is BACON’s sixth straight year of excellence in the Zero Robotics competition.
CHS Sigma Lab Director and BACON Club sponsor Dr. Matthew Shields credits the ingenuity of the students for their success.
“In order to create our final code submission, the team actually wrote a program to help them write their program,” said Shields. “I’m sure that is one reason they ended up on top.”