The four future scientists have diverse interests ranging from filmmaking, acting, 3D printing, math and robotics. Nadia (11), Rayyan (10), Kamran (10) and Aleena (8) bonded over their love for space and their desire to explore the moon. For their inspirational tale, this fantastic foursome have envisioned a state of the art, ‘Lunar Resort’ (ie. temperature guided movable space camp) that will change the face of space travel forever.
Through their agency, (GalacTech Getaways), these young explorer-entrepreneurs will provide safe, cost-effective access to the moon.
XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, and Google have announced the winners of the 2015 MOONBOTS Challenge, also considered the “Google Lunar XPRIZE for Kids an ‘international competition that inspires the next generation of space explorers and innovators.
The invitation goes to kids aged 8-17 who design, create and program their own lunar rover, based on a legend or theory that inspires them about the moon. Team GalacTECHs from Orange County, CA was among the 4 teams worldwide to win this prestigious honor.
The student competition, which began in April 2015, attracted 235 teams from 29 countries who entered phase one by submitting a written or video entry about what inspires them about the moon. Teams are comprised of 2-4 members (ages 8-17) and one team captain at least 18 years old.
A panel of judges selected 30 teams to qualify for phase two, each of which was provided one of three platform systems (LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, VEX IQ, MECCANO Meccanoid G15 KS) to build and program a unique simulated robotic mission based on the moon tale they submitted in phase one.
In addition, they were asked provide a demonstration to the judges via live webcast and contribute to STEM education by sharing their innovation with children and adults in their community.
Just a few days ago, the dynamic foursome from Orange County, CA, Team GalacTECHs, got some much awaited news about their big win! With a passion for science and technology, their winning project used the VEX IQ Robotics platform and built a lunar landscape that features a resort that showcases state of the art features for its visitors.
The ‘Four MOON Seasons’ is the brainchild of GalacTECH Getaways, a lunar tourism company powered by Team GalacTECHs. The winning teams will travel to Japan in October to meet up with the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams who are gathering for an annual Team Summit in Tokyo and share their idea and project with them.
Team GalacTECHs will learn how these Google Lunar XPRIZE teams are planning to reach the Moon with their innovative robotic technology. “We are so excited about winning this competition. All our hard work over the summer paid off. “We can’t wait to go to Japan” said Aleena Ali (one the youngest members of the team) expressing her delight over the news. The team members are getting ready to embark on a once in a lifetime trip and meet the other winning teams from all over the world.