Girls Ruled the 2015 MOONBOTS Google Lunar XPRIZE Challenge
Girls go to the Moon to get more ... ??? Smart?
Google’s Lunar XPRIZE is an international competition to land a privately-owned robot on the Moon with $30 million in prize money. MOONBOTS is the kid version of the STEM-based challenge, and this year’s winning teams comprised more girls than boys!
The competition tasks kids ages 8 through 17 to design and create their own lunar rover “based on a legend or theory that inspires them about the Moon.” The winners get to travel to Japan and meet the teams competing to win the Lunar XPRIZE—an inspiring journey for the talented young winners for sure.
As MOONBOTS announced this morning, these are the 2015 winning teams:This is the first time in the competition’s history that more girls have been among the grand prize winners than boys, and it’s a trend we’re happy to see—they inspire us just as much as the Moon and XPRIZE inspire them. Congratulations to all the winners. (And to all the finalists, whose teams you can take a look at over on the MOONBOTS site.)
(via GeekDad, featured image via NASA)
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