Niceville High School students finalists in “Zero Robotics” competition aboard International Space Station

John Wargo (12), Joseph Neiger (11), and Reid Elliott (12th) - Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 USA Finalists
John Wargo (12), Joseph Neiger (11), and Reid Elliott (12th) –
Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 USA Finalists
Photo compliments of JP Talty

Three Niceville programming students, Reid Elliott (12), Joseph Neiger (11), John Wargo (12) have been competing since September in an online programming competition hosted by MIT.  The competition consists of programming “SPHERES” robots to deflect the path of a comet either by using the robot’s mass or hitting it with a laser aboard the robot.  This task is accomplished while avoiding other debris strewn throughout the playing field.  The competition has progressed through multiple stage, with each stage increasing in difficulty.  Up to this point, all matches have been run in a simulated 3D environment which finished last Sunday, 1 December.

Reid, Joseph, and John, operating under the alliance name of Phantom Tachyons Roach, have advanced to the last and final phase of the competition which takes place aboard the International Space Station using actual “SPHERES” robots.  On Friday, 17 January 2014 their code will be transmitted to the ISS and loaded onto the robots.  The robots will then execute their program aboard the ISS in micro gravity.  The team has been invited to MIT to watch the competition live aboard the ISS.

Additional information on Zero Robotics can be found at zerorobotics.org.

John Wargo (12), Joseph Neiger (11), and Reid Elliott (12th) - Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013 USA Finalists


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