Zero Robotics

TXPOST is excited to partner with the Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering to offer Zero Robotics to middle school youth for the third summer in a row!

Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition that allows middle-school and high school students to work in teams to code and control Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES).  The game/challenge is designed by MIT students and changes every year to reflect a current need/research area of NASA.  During the five-week program middle school students have worked to learn physics, mathematics, and computer programming through interactive activities and hands-on experience programming the SPHERES. Students spent much of the summer learning to write computer programs and formulating strategies for their SPHERES in anticipation of the final competition.

Seven teams competed in this year’s competition:

Balch Springs Middle School (Dallas)
Boys and Girls Club of Edinburg RGV
Boys and Girls Club of McAllen – Othel E. Brand Center
Boys and Girls Club of McAllen – Glen E. Rita K. Roney Center
Ft. Bliss Army Child, Youth, and School Services
Indian Spring Middle School (Waco)
ITT Technical Institute / Girl Scouts of Central Texas
JBSA Lackland Youth Program (Lackland Air Force Base)
YMCA of Greater San Antonio


Learn more about Zero Robotics and SPHERES research by visiting or; Or by contacting Dr. Alvar Saenz-Otero, SPHERES Lead Scientist & MIT Space Systems Laboratory