The Google Lunar XPRIZE joined winning MoonBots team, The Incredibots, in Hawai’i for some extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime lunar simulated mission activities on top of a volcano at Mauna Kea, as well as some A’ole (‘Fun’ in Hawaiian) activities hosted by PISCES (Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems).
The Incredibots, a group of friends ages 12 to 17 years old from Ohio, US were one of over 300 teams, from 24 different countries worldwide that competed for the Grand Prize. They entered the international on-line competition last April where they produced a video in which they answered the question, “Why Should We Go Back to the Moon for Good?” Their video placed in the top 25 and were selected to compete in Phase Two of the competition. They then received a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robotics toolkit, LEGO bricks and other materials to create their own robot and lunar landscape. Over the summer months, this team designed their own game play using all of the cool resources provided to them. They also were challenged to conduct STEM outreach in their local community that emphasized the importance of STEM education by demonstrating their MoonBots game to children and adults. This was documented in their final video submission.
The MoonBots Challenge aims to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, challenges teams of students ages 9 to 17 to design, program and build robots that simulate lunar missions mirroring the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, an international competition for privately funded teams to build a rover to land on and explore the Moon’s surface.
On behalf of the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a BIG thank you goes out to all of the very talented and creative teams that competed this year, as well as all of our supporters. This year’s competition could not have been possible without the help of our many partners, including FIRST®, GeekDad, PISCES, Rotacaster, HiTechnic, MATRIX Robotics and 3D Robotics.
Stay tuned for exciting details coming soon about the 2015 competition!