Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the game cost anything?

No. Registration and participation is free.

Q: Does the Team need to travel anywhere to participate in the challenge?

No. Travel is not necessary.

Q: What are the dates of the competition?

The competition runs from March 15 until August 15, 2014.
 Here’s the breakdown:

- Registration is open from March 15 and closes May 15, 2014

- Phase One runs from March 15 and until June 1, 2014 
- Phase One submission deadline is June 1, 2014 at midnight (Pacific time zone)

- Phase One submissions will be judged between June 1 and June 15, 2014
- Phase One Winners announced on or around June 15, 2014

- Phase Two submission deadline is August 1, 2014 at midnight (Pacific time zone)

- Phase Two judging happens between August 1 to August 15, 2014

- Phase Two Winners announced on or around August 15, 2014

Q: What is "STEM education"?


STEM is short for the fields of study: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math taught in schools. These areas and subjects are essential for space exploration, like going back to the Moon and other technological feats.

 Sometimes Arts is added to the list, making it STEAM. As a MoonBots 2014 team you definitely have free hands to be as creative and artistic as possible when participating in the Challenge!

Q: Does a team need to belong to an official robotics club to participate in MoonBots 2014?


No. This is not a requirement. Teams can be made up of family members and friends with little to no experience with robotics.

Q: What is the official language of the competition?


The official language is English. If your team is having challenges meeting this requirement, please send an email to moonbotsinfo@gmail.com.

Q: Can a coach have more than one team?

Yes. However, each team member can only participate on one team.

Q: What if my team does not meet the deadline in Phase One?


Your team will not be judged and will not be considered for any prizes.

Q: What is the minimum team size? What is the maximum team size? What are the age requirements?

The minimum team size is three (3) members and the maximum is six (6) members.

The team may be composed using the following rules:

- One (1) Team Captain, who 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.

- Two to five (2-5) Team Members, who 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.

Q: What needs to be submitted in Phase One?


First, you have to register your Team via this website. Then you have to submit the completed and signed Consent Forms for all Team members. You must also submit a Team Biography (one paragraph about your Team), a Team logo, a Video Essay (see more about the video essay below), a Video Testimonial (a good quote or statement from someone who have seen your Video Essay). Registering the Team and submitting all Consent Forms for all Team Members is obligatory. The Team will not be judged unless all forms have been completed and received.

Q: What does the Video Essay need to include?

The Team should answer the following question:

‘Why do we need to go Back to the Moon for Good?’ 

It is fully up to the Team to decide how to present the question and their answer(s) to it. The video must also have the Team’s name in it, as well as the MoonBots 2014 Challenge logo.

NOTE: The video should be in English, OR it must have English subtitles if English is not the language spoken in the video.

Q: How long should the Video Essay be?


The video should not be longer than three (3) minutes.

Q: What is meant by Video Testimonial and where do we submit it?


The Video Testimonial is a reaction or good quote from someone who have seen your Video Essay This can include the person/group’s favorite part of the video, what they liked about the creativity, what kinds of scientific or technical subjects they learned from watching the video essay, etc.

The quote must be written in the text box in your Team's profile here on the Moonbots website. It appears right under the box for entering the link to your Video Essay.

Q: Where does the Team submit the Video?


The video must be submitted via YouTube (www.youtube.com) and a link must be inserted under your Team’s profile on the MoonBots website.

Q: How will the team be judged in Phase One?

The Teams will be judged by the following criteria:
Registration requirements completed:
Registration and submission of all Consent Forms of all Team members.

Submission of Video Essay.
Submission of Video Testimonial.


How is our Team’s submission scored?


The Team’s submission is weighted this way:

Video Essay: 75%

Video Testimonial: 25%

Q: When will the announcement of Phase One Winners happen?

The 25 winners of Phase One will be announced on or around June 15, 2014 on this website (moonboots.org), via the MoonBots Facebook page and the MoonBots twitter feed.

Q: What happens in Phase Two?


If your Team is one of the twenty-five (25) winners then you will receive several prizes, which you will use to participate in Phase Two. 
Your Team must create a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot and set up a Lunar Landscape with various Mission Items – built out of LEGO elements or other materials. Then you must come up with a Mission and a Game play for you robot in the Lunar Landscape. You should write a one-page document describing the Game Play and how you imagine the point system for scoring in your Game Play should work. That one–page document must be submitted to the MoonBots judges before August 1, 2014.
 Your Team must also demonstrate their MoonBots game to children and adults in their community, and teach audiences about the lunar exploration, the Google Lunar XPRIZE and how STEM education can be fun. Your demonstration must be recorded in a video no longer than three (3) minutes long and uploaded to www.youtube.com before August 1, 2014.
 Finally, you will agree to have a live video transmission with the MoonBots judges, in which you play out your robotic Mission. The live video transmissions will take place between August 1 to August 15.

Q: How do we build the Lunar Landscape?

Along with the other materials sent to your Team you will receive a Play Mat (actually looking like the Moon’s surface!). It is 183 by 183 centimeters (6 by 6 feet) in footprint.
 On the Play Mat you place various Mission Elements, like a Landing Base for your robot and elements for your robot to visit and pick up. How you lay it out and which elements you create is nearly entirely up to you. There are a few required items specified in the Rules. 
LEGO elements will be supplied to you, so you can build your own Mission items, but you choose the design, and you can also choose to create your Mission items out of other materials than LEGO bricks.

Q: How will our Team be judged in Phase Two?


Your Team will be judged on the following:

- Your Lunar Landscape design
- How well you do in the Live Game Transmission with the MoonBots judges

- Your Video Essay showing how you have presented MoonBots in public

These items will be weighted like this:

- Lunar Landscape Design = 35%

- Live Game Transmission = 30%

- Video Essay = 35%

Q: When will the Live Game Transmissions take place?


The Live Game Transmissions will be scheduled by you and the MoonBots judges. As there might be several hours in time zone difference we have to agree on the best time for both parties!

Q: How long is the Live Game Transmission supposed to take?


The session can be between 15 to 30 minutes, but please plan ahead and have everything ready, so we use the time effectively!


English is not our first language and we would like to present in our language – is that allowed?


Yes, absolutely. But please make sure to have an English-speaking person with you, who can translate into English and back into your language when needed.

Q: When will the Phase Two winners going to be announced?

The winners of Phase Two will be announced here on this website on or around August 15, 2014. 
The Grand Prize winner and 3 runner up teams will also be contacted directly via email.