A WHOLE LOT! As our teams prepare for their live final lunar science mission rounds, they have also been very busy over the last month working with kids from all over the world. We are extremely impressed with all of the great Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach projects focused around the topic of MoonBots. We love to hear that this Google Lunar X PRIZE MINDSTORMS Challenge is reaching kids in so many fantastic ways! Here are some great examples of what teams have been up to.
After an exhaustive search and some difficult decisions, the finalists in the MoonBots 2.0 competition have been selected. The twenty teams hail from a pool of fourteen countries and two dozen states and represent a group that is as diverse in their backgrounds as they are in their geography.
Our finalists will soon begin the next phase of their competition, designing and building a robot to accomplish a series of space related goals. In the mean time, let's congratulate our finalists. To see a complete list of teams moving on, visit the teams page. Thanks to all teams who entered and good luck to the lucky twenty who will compete in the final phase.
Additional information coming soon.
PROJECT: MOONBOTS 2.0
JUST ANNOUNCED: REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 26
One year after the first successful MoonBots mission, we return with new robots and challenges to another former landing site of missions long past. We learned a lot from our missions last year, but this year is a little bit different.
In an effort to economize on our rocket payloads, robots must fit in a tighter space. A new requirement has been issued to restrict the size of robot accessories to no more than the length of the robot body before being deployed.
We are still after Water Ice and Helium 3 this year, but they are located in harder to reach places and smaller quantities.
The new surface area to explore (although smaller in scope) isn't as easily navigable.
The primary target will be the GIANT crater - Canvin, and it's smaller sibling - Chanda. Entry will be treacherous, but the wealth of water ice to discover will be worth the effort.
Energy will be an issue, so you won't have much time and you will need to survive the harsh conditions of a lunar night.
We know you can do it and are proud to be part of this international endeavor. Good luck roboteers. MoonBots 2.0 is a go.
-= MoonBots Mission Control - Out =-
We have had a lot of interest from fans about the MoonBots Challenge and we are receiving some very good questions about the competition. We thought we would take some time to address these questions because if one person has the question, we are pretty sure that a few other fans have the exact same question.
Does every team participate in both phases of the competition? Or are only the top teams invited to participate in Phase Two?
Every team competes in Phase One of the Challenge. From there, 20 Teams will be selected to compete in Phase Two of the Challenge.
What exactly is required in Phase One of the Challenge?
The first thing that is required is for Teams to register on the MoonBots website. Each Team Member and Team Captain is required to complete and send
REGISTRATION AND PHASE ONE QUESTIONS
What differentiates the 2010 MoonBots Challenge from the 2011 MoonBots Challenge?
- For Phase One of the MoonBots Challenge, Teams will complete a video. They will be asked to create their video based on four different categories. Teams will also be asked to submit a written proposal of why their robot should be funded to go the Moon. This is different than last year. We are NOT asking for a CAD design proposal in Phase One of the competition.
- For Phase Two of the MoonBots Challenge, Teams will submit a CAD robot design proposal. They will also complete a STEM outreach project. This is different than last year. Teams will also complete a live lunar mission based on the new game board field. Information for the Game Board will be released soon. The 2011 Game Board will be different than the 2010 Game Board. This mission will be to still go to the Moon, however, the obstacles will be completely different.
Does the game cost anything?
Registration is free.
What is the minimum team size? What is the maximum team size? Can my adult team mentor participate?
- The minimum team size is three people and the maximum is six. The team may be composed using the following rules:Team Captain (Team Member 1): must be at least 18 years old as of the date of registration AND must be of the age of majority in his or her country of residence.
- Team Members must be between the ages of 9 and 17 at the date of registration.
Teams should be advised that the Judges will consider the ages of Team members when assessing each Team’s Video Essay, Blogs, Videos Blogs, Robot Design Proposal and STEM Outreach Activity. Teams are encouraged to have their adult Team Captain serve in an advisory capacity.
What are the dates of the competition?
Registration and Phase One: May 9- June 13, 2011
Phase Two: June 27 - August 15, 2011
Does the Team need to travel anywhere to participate in the challenge?
No. No travel is necessary.
1st Place- Landroids
2nd Place- The Shadowed Craters
3rd Place- Moonwalk
We would like to congratulate all of the teams for their hard work throughout the competition. The Partners of the MoonBots Challenge really enjoyed all of the teams' enthusiasm and dedication. We would also like to announce some Special Recognition Awards to all of the teams.