(India West) — Google’s 2015 Moonbots Challenge is coming to a close with end of summer. The live game transmissions for the Moonbots judges will take place today, Aug. 31, and Sept. 12 with three grand prize winners scheduled to be announced via social media around Sept. 15. Click here to see the official Moonbots Challenge website. The Challenge tasked 8- to 17-year-old youths with designing, creating, and programming a robot to rove on a simulated lunar landscape based on a story the team created. The teams will be judged based on their: scaled lunar landscape design (10 percent), lunar landscape and game design (25 percent), the robot and live game mission (30 percent), STEM (science, technology, engineerin, and math) outreach video essay (30 percent), and photo documentation (5 percent).
Thirty teams made it past the first phase, which involved creating a story surrounding the moon, to the second, in which they had to create their own robots and a lunar landscape. The two-phase international online competition has featured at least seven teams with Indian Americans as well as members of South Asian origin from three countries, including the U.S., India, and Malaysia, according to the Moonbots website.Tags: Google, Moonbots, Moonbots Challenge, robotics