PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A group of local students will be competing in the finals of a national robotics competition on Monday.
Students from Albert Gallatin High School were accepted to compete in the 2011 Zero Robotic SPHERES Challenge.
The event is sponsored by NASA, MIT and DARPA and the finals will be held at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.
The finals will feature a competition carried out on the International Space Station.
The computer programs the students designed have been uploaded to robot SPHERES and astronauts will act as the referees.
According to the Zero Robotics website, “‘Zero Robotics’ is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station. Students program the satellites to play a challenging game.”
According to Mary Ann Hughes from Albert Gallatin High School, the students had to go through several rounds in order to have their program run on the ISS.
Students from the United States and Europe competed for the right to reach the finals.