Does the game cost anything?
No. Registration and participation is free.
Does the Team need to travel anywhere to participate in the challenge?
No. Travel is not necessary.
What are the dates of the competition?

The competition runs from 1 February 2017 until 20 July 2017.

  • Registration is open from 1 February 2017 and closes 1 March 2017
  • Phase One runs from 1 February 2017 and until 15 March 2017
  • Phase One submission deadline is 15 March 2017 at midnight (Pacific Time Zone)
  • Phase One submissions will be judged between 16 March and 31 March 2017
  • Phase One Winners announced on or around 31 March 2017 where Phase Two starts
  • Phase Two submission deadline is 30 June 2017 at midnight (Pacific Time Zone)
  • Phase Two judging happens between 1 July and 15 July 2017
  • Phase Two Winners announced on or around 20 July 2017
What is "STEM education"?

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!

Does a team need to belong to an official robotics club to participate in MOONBOTS 2017?
No. This is not a requirement. Teams can be made up of family members and friends with little to no experience with robotics.
What is the official language of the competition?

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

Can a Team Captain have more than one team?

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.

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.
Phase 1
What is the minimum team size? What is the maximum team size? What are the age requirements?

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:

  • 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 four (2-4) Team Members, who must be between the ages of 8 and 17 at the date of registration. Teams are encouraged to have their adult Team Captain serve in an advisory capacity.
Phase 1
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 (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.

Phase 1
How do we create a Video Essay?

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.

Phase 1
Where does the Team submit the Video?

The Video must be submitted via YouTube ( 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.

Phase 1
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 a Team Biography.
    • Submission of a Team logo.
    • Submission of Video Essay.
Phase 1
How is our Team’s submission scored?

The Team’s submission is weighted this way:

  • Complete Registration: 20%
  • Video Essay: 80%
Phase 1
When will the announcement of Phase One Winners happen?
The 12 winners of Phase One will be announced on or around 31 March 2017 on this website (, and via the MOONBOTS social media channels.
Phase 1
Where does the Grand Prize Winner trip go to?
We don’t know! The Grand Prize will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip for the winning team of the MOONBOTS Challenge to meet the winning Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) team. The five finalist GLXP teams are: SpaceIL in Israel, Moon Express, USA, Synergy Moon, USA (International), Team Indus, India and Hakuto, Japan.
Phase 2
What happens in Phase Two?

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 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.

Phase 2
How do we build the Lunar Landscape?

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.

Phase 2
How will our Team be judged in Phase Two?

Your Team will be judged on the following:

  • Your Scaled Lunar Landscape Design
  • Lunar Landscape and Game Design
  • How well you do in the Live Game Transmission with the MOONBOTS judges
  • Your STEM Outreach Video showing how you have presented MOONBOTS in public
  • Photo Documentation

These items will be weighted like this:

  • Scaled Lunar Landscape Design = 10%
  • Lunar Landscape and Game Design = 25%
  • The Robot and Live Game Mission = 30%
  • STEM Outreach Video Essay = 30%
  • Photo Documentation= 5%
Phase 2
When will the Live Game Transmissions take place?
The Live Game Transmissions will happen during the days of 1 July and 15 July 2017, and 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.
Phase 2
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 you can use the time effectively.
Phase 2
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.
Phase 2
When will the Grand Prize Winners going to be announced?
The Grand Prize winner team will be announced on and via social media on or around 20 July 2017 - the anniversary for the first human on the Moon. The Grand Prize winner team will also be contacted directly via email.
Phase 2