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Moonbots Competition Enters Final Week

08.24.10

MoonBots: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge was launched this last April at the 2010 FIRST Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. X PRIZE Foundation, LEGO, Google, National Instruments, and WIRED- GeekDad partnered with each other to develop this STEM education challenge for youth. The MoonBots Challenge mirrors the requirements that teams of innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world are working toward right now in pursuit of the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE.

During Phase One of the MoonBots Challenge, 212 youth-adult teams created a design for a robot that they thought could explore a LEGO lunar surface as well as created an original video essay that discussed their thoughts about lunar exploration. Twenty teams were then selected to compete in Phase Two of the Challenge: ARES (Texas, USA); Coastal Quarks (California, USA); Cougar LEGO Robotics Team (Ohio, USA); Crandroids (Michigan, USA); G.I.R.L.S. (Missouri, USA); got robot? (Illinois, USA); Intergalactic Bacon (Florida, USA); Just Ducky (Minnesota, USA); Landroids (New Jersey, USA); LegoAces (Ohio, USA); Lunar Horizon (California, USA); Milkyway Monsters (Massachusetts, USA); Moonwalk (New Jersey/Connecticut, USA); New Hartford RoboSpartans (New York, USA); OABB 4-H Lego Robots (California, USA); Pushing Frontiers (Lovenjoel, Belguim); Team Tater Tot (Minnesota, USA); The Shadowed Craters (California, USA); WEBstormers (Cape Town, South Africa); and Yellow Jackets (Michigan, USA)

Each team received a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 kit and enough LEGO bricks to build their replica lunar surface. They have spent their summer building a LEGO lunar surface, designing and programming the robot as well as producing their final lunar education video. This week marks the end of Phase Two. Teams will submit their video documentary and complete their live simulated final mission. Please enjoy viewing the components that teams will be judged on by our expert judges.