Zero Robotics Competition: Liceo Brocchi from Bassano del Grappa is world champion
There was a lot of Italy in the world championship in programming miniaturized satellites that was held in Amsterdam last week, at the premises of the European Space Agency (ESA). First in ranking was Liceo Brocchi from Bassano del Grappa, while students attending Liceo Scientifico Cecioni from Livorno finished in third position. Moreover, in the “virtual” race, Itis Vallauri from Fossano and Itis Agnelli from Turin finished in first position.
“This is the “good” school we can be proud of. A good school that has established itself worldwide”, commented the Minister of Education, Universities and Research, Stefania Giannini. The organizers of the competition also included Politecnico di Torino, University of Padua, Italian Institute of Technology, Piedmont Region School Office, Robotics Network at school and Italian Space Agency (ASI), as well as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), NASA and ESA. The competition involved students from the United States, Italy, Russia, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Greece, Romania, Poland.
Participants competed in programming SPHERES microsatellites (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) developed by MIT and located inside the International Space Station (ISS), from which the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti led the final race, during which the finalist teams remotely controlled robots that were on board the ISS.