MoonBots 2012 Challenge Open for Registration
The third annual MoonBots contest challenges teams of 2-5 people, between 9-17 years old, from anywhere in the world, to study the history of artifacts left on the Moon, and learn about the new and exciting things that private industry and government are doing in the arena of space exploration, including the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE.
Students use their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills to design their ultimate lunar landscape challenge course for a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot. The MoonBots website offers a range of Educational Resources to support teams. In Phase One, teams produce a fun, creative and scientific video to share their lunar landscape challenge.
From these submissions, 30 teams will be chosen as finalists and provided a budget to build their ultimate lunar landscape during Phase Two. They will also receive a free LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot that they will program to complete a course on their Moon. These teams will share their achievements during a live broadcast and public display of their designs. This will enable people from all over the world to not only see the team’s robot and challenge courses but also to play the game with the team. The Grand Prize winners will receive a trip for the team and their families to visit the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems on the Island of Hawaii and learn about how the Hawaiian landscape today helps scientists prepare to explore the Moon
Free registration and Phase One of the contest will be open until the 15th July. Phase Two of the contest begins 1st August through to the 15th November. Visit the MoonBots website for more information, competition guidelines and registration.