The competition runs from 1 February 2017 until 20 July 2017.
STEM is short for the fields of study: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 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 2017 team you definitely have free hands to be as creative and artistic as possible when participating in the Challenge!
The official language is English.
We welcome teams who are non-English speakers. Videos can be submitted in your language as long as there are subtitles in English. If your team is having challenges meeting this requirement, please send an email to MOONBOTSinfo@gmail.com.
Yes. However, each Team Member can only participate on one team.
NOTE: A Team Captain needs to have a separate, unique email address for each team registration.
The minimum team size is two (2) members + a Team Captain and the maximum is four (4) members + a Team Captain.
The team may be composed using the following rules:
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 (more about the Video Essay below). 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.
The Team is challenged to tell us ‘What would you leave behind on the Moon?’. The Team Members are free to use their imagination to explain what they would want to leave on the Moon as a Legacy for future generations to find.
The Team’s Legacy must be presented in a video that is no longer than two (2) minutes in length.
NOTE: The video should be in English, OR it must have English subtitles if English is not the language spoken in 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.
NOTE: The Team Captain is responsible for opening an account with either video-sharing service.
The Teams will be judged by the following criteria:
The Team’s submission is weighted this way:
If your Team is one of the 12 winners found in Phase One then you will receive several prizes, some of which you will use to participate in Phase Two.
Your Team must create a robot from a robotics kit supplied to you and set up a Lunar Landscape with various Mission Items – built out of any materials. Then you must come up with a Mission and a Game Play for your robot in the Lunar Landscape.
The first step in Phase Two will be for the Team to design their Lunar Landscape around the Legacy mentioned in their video submission in Phase One. The Lunar Landscape design requirement can have labeled hand drawn scaled drawings on paper, a cartoon, or cardboard or a 3-D CAD designed scaled drawings using software of your choice.
You must create a one-page document describing the Game Play and how you imagine the point system for scoring in your Game Play should work. The Scaled Lunar Landscape Design and the Game Play one–page document must be submitted to the MOONBOTS judges before 30 June 2017.
Your Team must also demonstrate their MOONBOTS game to children and adults in their community, and teach audiences about 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 and uploaded to www.youtube.com before 30 June 2017.
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 1 July and 15 July 2017.
You are required to build your own Lunar Landscape based on the Scaled Lunar Landscape Design you submitted in Phase One. The maximum dimensions for the landscape is 183 by 183 centimeters (6 by 6 feet) in footprint.
In the Lunar landscape you must 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.
Your Team will be judged on the following:
These items will be weighted like this: