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Challenge.Gov, Future Engineers, and NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and the Office of Stem Engagement
01/25/22 10:00 PM PT
Opportunity for USA and territories K-12 students to participate in a robot design contest. Participants will submit at least one drawing as well as a written description of the envisioned robot, which must be able to dig and move lunar soil on the crater rim. Submitted designs will be judged according to creativity, potential for robot performance, consideration for the lunar environment, and communication of design.
As NASA prepares to return to the Moon, lunar regolith will be needed for multiple purposes, like building a moon base using lunar concrete; harvesting water that can also be used for rocket fuel; and extracting possible metals or minerals. NASA will need robots that can help.
The Lunabotics Junior Contest invites K-12 students in the U.S to design a robot that can dig and move lunar soil (regolith) from one area of the Lunar south pole to a holding container near a future Artemis Moon base. Students are asked to create at least one drawing of their robot’s design (e.g., original work of art, 3D model, diagram, or photo of a prototype etc.) and a written summary that explains their robot’s design.
Selected semifinalists will win a Lunabotics Junior prize pack; finalists will win a virtual session with a NASA subject matter expert; and one winner from each grade category will win a virtual chat with Kennedy Space Center Director, Janet Petro.
GrantWatch ID#: 200335
Ten semifinalists, four finalists and one winner will be selected in each of the two grade categories.
From each category (Grades K-5 and Grades 6-12):
- Ten semifinalists will receive a Lunabotics Junior prize pack.
- Four national finalists will win a virtual session with a NASA subject matter expert.
- The national winner will be awarded a virtual chat for their class with Kennedy Space Center Director, Janet Petro.
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