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Challenge Looks to Inspire Next Generation of Space Travelers

For students who demonstrate an interest in space travel and science that transcends Earth, this competition might be for them.

From now until March 15, 2017, students from the ages of 8 to 17 can register to compete in the sixth and final MOONBOTS Challenge created by Google Lunar XPRIZE. The challenge is intended to involve students in Google Lunar XPRIZE, a global competition designed to "ignite a new era of space exploration."

"In order to enter the competition, teams, comprised of two to four members and one team captain that is 18+ years old, are asked to submit a two-minute video about what they would leave behind on the Moon as a legacy," said Google Lunar XPRIZE in a press release.

Students interested in entering the competition must be prepared to do the following three steps: (1) describe what they would leave behind on the moon, (2) build a simulated robotic lunar mission, and (3) present the project in public and to judges. Prizes for winning include robots, 3-D printers, a Grand Prize trip that includes traveling abroad to meet the winners of Google Lunar XPRIZE.

"As we embark on the final leg of the MOONBOTS Challenge, the next generation of space travelers will get an opportunity to tell us what is most important to them, and actually leave that legacy behind on the Moon," said Chanda Gonzales-Mowrer, senior director, Google Lunar XPRIZE in the press release.

"We really want to get kids excited about space exploration and the associated STEM disciplines, and we welcome newcomers from all countries and communities to join the competition and help inspire kids all over the world."

MOONBOTS has been helping to develop the next generation of space travelers since 2010, signing up thousands of children from all over the world since.

Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor

2/6/2017

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