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University of Alicante hosts for the first time in Spain the Zero Robotics finals, an international tournament organised by NASA and MIT

International Space Station (ISS) astronauts will make the SPHERES satellites orbiting there compete live, assisted by programs developed by 50 teams from all over the world.

Non-university students from 10 European countries take part in the event to broaden their knowledge of STEM.

The activity will take place from 1 pm to 7 pm in the assembly hall of lecture building No. 2 




Alicante, 21 January 2019

The University of Alicante hosts the Zero Robotics ISS Finals 2019, an international tournament organised by NASA and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  The event will be celebrated in Spain for the first time and the finals will bring together more than two hundred participants, girls and boys from different European high schools with their tutors and teachers.  It will be held on Monday 28 January 2019 in the Assembly Hall of the UA Lecture building No. 2, from 1 pm to 7 pm.

Zero Robotics is an international robotics tournament created by NASA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The project was initiated in 2009 by MIT's Space Systems Laboratory (SSL) and astronaut Greg Chamitoff, with the goal of furthering research on the International Space Station to large groups of high school students. Currently, the tournament is an international league of high schools where non-university girls and boys broaden their knowledge related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through different challenges in which they learn to handle robot satellites through a simulation program carried out by MIT. In this way, they gain points in the league and make progress in the tournament.

The final phase of Zero Robotics will be held on Monday at the UA with the participation of twenty-two high schools from the following ten countries: France, Germany, Russia, Greece, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Spain, Portugal and Romania. Each team is made up of eight to ten people. In the finals, the rest of the teams based in Boston and Sydney will be live streamed and, at the same time, connection with the astronauts of the International Space Station (ISS) will be conducted through a video-conferencing system, where they have three of these SPHERES satellites. The astronauts will make them compete with each other with the programs carried out by each high school.

Zero Robotics is a STEM education experience of alliances of foreign teams in the second and third phases of the tournament and, moreover, enriched through the use of English as the language of communication.

UA Polytechnic School Department of IT and Computing senior lecturer Antonio Martínez-Álvarez is Spain’s coordinator of the tournament and chairs the Local Committee of the event.

The tournament will be broadcast live by video-streaming from the International Space Station to the UA and the rest of the world.

Zero Robotics has been organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)NASA and the Polytechnic University of Turin, in collaboration with the University of Alicante.

Full information on the event:, via Twitter: @ZeroRoboticsSp1. The Zero Robotics official website is:  

The event has been sponsored by the University of Alicante through its Office of the Vice President for Campus Facilities and Technology, its Polytechnic School and its University Institute for Computer Engineering Research (IUII); by the Alicante City Council; by Embedded Instruments (emxys); by Seven Solutions; by Alicante City & Beach and by UniCAD.



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