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Tick Tock! - Just 12 hours left


Just a reminder that the deadline for MoonBots Phase I is tonight at 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Time). Please have your Video Essay and the link to your Design Proposal updated on your team page.

We have seen some amazing creativity so far and are really looking forward to seeing your final work.

Good luck and have fun!

- The MoonBots Staff -

Questions about the Design Proposal



With a day remaining to submit Phase I deliverables, many teams are asking questions about the design proposal requirements. Do you submit a CAD file? Screenshots? Do you supplement with digital images of prototypes? 
The preferred method is to upload screenshots of your MoonBot’s CAD drawing to a web page along with an brief text explanation, and link this to your team page. If you’ve had trouble locating all necessary parts in the CAD program you’re using, it’s ok to add a few digital images of your robot to the web page (if you’ve taken the time to build a prototype). 
The web page must be linked to your team page by 11:59:59 PM (Pacific time) tomorrow night, May 28. 
Good luck, be creative, and most important of all, have fun!

Reminder: Phase 1 Deadline this Friday


Just a reminder that the Phase I deadline is this Friday May 28th at 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Time). Please have all your work linked from your team pages for review. 

Thanks to all of you who have returned your consent forms. If you haven't sent your forms in please do so by Friday. We will need a signed consent form from each member of your team or your team will not be judged.

Good luck everyone. We've been looking at your sites and they look great.


Registration for MoonBots is Closed!


Thank you all for signing up for our MoonBots Challenge. Registration is now closed. We have 200+ teams competing representing every continent but chilly Antarctica. We are really excited to see all your work. Please update your team pages and let us know what you're doing.

Also remember to get in your Consent Forms if you haven't done so already. They are due at the end of Phase I on May 28th, 2010 at 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Time).

Good luck everyone and thank you for joining us for MoonBots!

12 Hours Left to Register


There is just 12 hours left to register for MoonBots. Sign up your teams before it's too late. We will be accepting applications until midnight (PST) tonight. Good luck everyone!

Tomorrow is the last day to register


Time is a ticking. There is less than 36 hours to register for MoonBots. Registration closes Saturday May 15th, 2010 at 11:59:59 PM Pacific Standard Time. If you are thinking about joining do so now. Even if you have partial information sign up before the deadline and we will work with you to finish it as long as it's in by tomorrow.

Best of luck to the 140+ teams currently competing, we are looking forward to seeing your work. Please remember to send in your Consent Forms if you havent done so already. They are due before the end of Phase 1 on May 28th.

Just 3 Days Left to Register


As of today there are 76 teams registered for the MoonBots Challenge. Teams from South Africa, Korea, British Columbia, Michigan, Illinois, South Dakota, Louisiana, Nevada, Rhode Island, Alaska, New Jersey and North Carolina have registered since the last Launch Pad blog post. This has truly become a geographically dispersed challenge and we here at the X PRIZE Foundation couldn’t be happier. We are also thrilled to see our Google Lunar X PRIZE Teams stepping up to the plate and volunteering to offer expertise to the MoonBots Teams as well as serving as mentors to the youth. In fact, Part Time Scientists, FredNet, Chandah, Odyssey Moon, Barcelona Moon Team and Next Giant Leap have all contacted us to show their support! It is fantastic to see the private space community and space enthusiasts youth groups come together to support the Google Lunar X PRIZE mission.


MoonBots Teams- Are you taking part in the MoonBots: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge? Do you have a Moon or space related question that you want to be answered? Well, we can support you with your questions. We have created a new tab called Moonbots on our Part Time Scientists’ Facebook page. On this tab we will answer your questions.


Deadline- Saturday, May 15, 2010
So if you are on a Google Lunar X PRIZE Team or are a space enthusiast interesting in the challenge and want to serve as a mentor to a MoonBots Team, there are only 3 days left to register. The registration form can be found on the MoonBots website.

Just 5 Days Left to Register


Get your team registrered by Saturday May 15th PST to be part of this year's exciting MoonBots season. We have 54 teams registered and counting!

Update! Age Requirement Lowered, Rule Clarifications, FAQ Added!


By Popular Demand, MoonBots Challenge Now Open to Youth 9 Years and Up

Since the initiation of MoonBots: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge was launched on April 15th, we have had many inquiries as to who can register.  Due to the great number of requests, the Sponsors of the MoonBots Challenge- X PRIZE Foundation and LEGO® have changed the minimum age required for team members from 13 to 9 years of age.

The challenge is still open to private youth-adult teams, school teams, after school programs and youth organizations. We require that each registered team have an adult mentor.  Experience with robotics or LEGO MINDSTORMS is not required.  If you have an interest in the Google Lunar X PRIZE race to the Moon, enjoy playing with LEGO sets and love robots; then this challenge is for you!

Welcome to MoonBots


A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO MINDSTORM Challenge. In this unique educational program, we invite youth-adult teams to develop innovative systems that are capable of performing a simulated lunar mission. MoonBots is designed to help teams learn about robotics and team building, while also providing excitement about Moon 2.0, the new era of lunar exploration that we allow people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in cutting-edge, exciting mission.  We hope that MoonBots will inspire you and your fellow students and parents all around the world to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.