Local Students participate in Zero Robotics program

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Local students are learning about Zero Robotics as part of a five-week Kids Enrichment University, which is a science, technology, engineering and math program.

Zero Robotics is the world’s first robotics competition in space, explained Kenda Woodard with the Griffin Housing Authority.

During this summer program, middle school students learn computer programming that will control satellites aboard the International Space Station, Woodard explained. Students participating in the challenge learn leadership, teamwork, computer programming, strategy, robotics and aerospace.

Competition finalists go head-to-head against teams from across the country, and astronauts referee the competition live from space, Woodard added.

While attending Georgia Tech’s Zero Robotics Field Day, Team Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families and Children explored Tech’s new invention studio makerspace, a 3,000 square feet area with $500,000 of equipment. Some of the equipment includes a 3D printer, laster cutters, a waterjet cutter, an injection molder, a thermoformer and various milling devices. The space also includes a meeting space, lounge and other hands-on design/build items in an effort to stimulate innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in engineering, Woodard said.

In addition to touring the labs, the team was also given the opportunity to “act out” the Zero Robotics game, she added.

The Griffin Housing Authority in conjunction with the SCCAFC partnered with UGA-Griffin to co-sponsor the program, which began June 5 and culminates July 14.