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Team "The Incredibots" win the 2014 MoonBots Challenge !

PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge. The competition, which aims to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, challenges teams of students ages 9 to 17 to design, program and build robots that simulate lunar missions mirroring the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, an international competition for privately funded teams to build a rover to land on and explore the Moon’s surface.

The Grand Prize Winner and Runner-Ups are:

Grand Prize Winner: Team The Incredibots (Columbus, Ohio)
First Runner-Up: Team Dalton BRobots (Barcelona, Spain)
Second Runner-Up: Team Dutch Delta (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Third Runner-Up: Team Starling (Ballwin, Mo.)
Third Runner-Up: Team Electric Dreams (Erie, Pa.)

For the full list of finalists, visit http://moonbots.org/teams.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip to the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo to test out their robot on the slopes of the Mauna Kea volcano.

All runner-up teams will receive free team registration for the 2014-2015 FIRST® robotics season, and all winning teams will receive a MATRIX Base Set, a 3DR Rover from 3D Robotics and GoPro Hero 3+ cameras. Please note, because the talent pool was so strong, we decided to split the Third Runner-Up position between two deserving teams that received equal scores.

This year’s MoonBots Challenge, which began in March 2014, attracted a record number of entries with over 300 teams from 24 different countries. Teams were initially asked to submit a video answering the question, “Why should we go back to the Moon for good?” From there, a panel of judges selected 25 finalists, who were tasked with building and programming a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot, as well as their own lunar landscape for their vehicle to explore.


First Video of The Incredibots



The winning mission, of the Incredibots


the Dalton BRobots


Team Dutch Delta, with their STEM outreach


Team Starling's live mission


Team Electric Dreams Live Mission 100% autonomous.

and their massive STEM outreach.


To All teams; it was great FUN and I did love to judge all the great robot missions and videos.

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