What a cool way to spend the summer! Google has partnered with First Robotics and Wired Magazine to create an X Prize challenge just for kids. In this competition, kids build and program Lego Mindstorms robots while learning what it takes to win the Google Lunar X Prize.
Although there’s bound to be some incredibly tough competition from hard-core Lego Mindstorm veterans, the focus of this challenge is really on learning. What a great opportunity this is to introduce those nine- and ten-year-olds to their first real-world project. Regardless of whether or not the team consists of robotics experts or enthusiastic novices, Google challenges you to build a young team focused on having fun while learning.
Of course, teams will use math, science, and basic computer programming in this challenge. However, they will also be developing real world communication and cooperation skills. The challenge requires teams to complete a written essay, produce a video, create a CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) design, create a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach project, and complete a live lunar mission game.
Kids ages nine through seventeen are invited to register their teams before June 13, 2011. Teams can consist of between three and six individuals, one of which must be an adult advisor. To learn more about the challenge visit the official MoonBot website.