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Summer Programs Robotics Opportunity

A tremendous opportunity for Alabama Middle School students this summer!!!

Zero Robotics is a free Robotics software program being made available to Alabama’s summer programs through a collaborative effort of NASA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Massachusetts Afterschool Network. It can be implemented as a stand alone initiative or in tandem with your current robotic efforts.

What you need to know:

♦   5 Week Program (June 9th – July 14th) for Middle School Students – minimum 15 hours a week

♦   Fun, Interactive, Experiential, Hands-on, competitive student tournament to be scored and implemented by NASA astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS)

♦   The necessary training and ongoing technical support needed to provide students with an experiential learning opportunity in computer coding and programming will be provided to Summer Program staff.

♦   One staff member will need to serve as the project’s Zero Robotics Curriculum Coordinator and must commit to attending 3 educator training sessions – May 14May 21 and May 28.  The “LIVE” May 14th training will be centrally located in the Birmingham area. The May 21 and May 28 trainings can be attended via the internet at any location.

♦   Teachers and students will attend one field trip to the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville during the five week session, and one field trip back to the Space and Rocket Center in mid-August to attend the International Space Station (ISS) Finals which will be broadcast live from ISS. (The final field trip date in mid-August – 2nd or 3rd week –  is yet to be determined by the Astronauts, and their availability on the Space Station.)

♦   The program culminates in a tournament where winning teams battle aboard the International Space Station(ISS). Middle School participants will get to see their final product operate in space via a live feed from the ISS while NASA astronauts provide real time commentary.

More information is available at the following link:

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If you are interested in participating in this incredible opportunity with your Middle School Summer students please review the documentation below, please contact Paul Morin (, Felicia Simpson (, or Chris Groccia (  Applications must be complete and submitted by Friday, April 11, 2014.

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