The X PRIZE Foundation, Google Inc., LEGO Systems, National Instruments, and Wired’s GeekDad announce “MoonBots: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge”. The new contest will challenge small teams comprised of children and adults to design, program, and construct robots that perform simulated lunar missions similar to those required to win the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, a private race to the Moon designed to enable commercial exploration of space while engaging the global public.
To win the MoonBots Challenge, teams of adults and children ( 9 years and older) must first develop a simulated lunar robot with design software and then build and test this robot with a LEGO MINDSTORMS kit. They also must provide written and video essays about their participation in the Challenge and about the importance of exploration of the Moon.
Registration ends May 15, 2010
Visit the official Moonbots website for details: http://moonbots.org/