The West Essex High School Robotics Club will travel to the campus of MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts on January 10 and 11, 2013 to compete in the finals of the Zero Robotics Competition, the world's first robotics competition in space.
The January 10 final competition will be followed by an evening reception and dinner. The students will also be able to take tours of MIT and the Aero/Astro labs. The West Essex team placed sixth overall in the entire United States competing against teams from 96 other high schools. The group is part of an alliance partnering them with teams from two other schools: Pirate Squad and AGHS. The West Essex group is called Team Na'Vi.
The students on the team who are traveling to Boston are Will Qawasmi, a senior from Fairfield, Darren Gomez, a senior from Fairfield, Alex Truong, a senior from Roseland, Club Advisor Mr. Richard Bettini, Bryan Daowdat, a senior from Roseland, and Jerry Groome, a senior from Roseland. The championship competition will take place in Real Time aboard the International Space Station. Each group or Alliance will write computer codes to manipulate and remotely control two small satellites or "spheres" on board the International Space Station.