The Third Annual
Competition by Morgan Berry
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Just this last May, a few hundred college students converged on Cape Canaveral
— a town situated on the eastern coast of Florida. They spent the week forming
memories with friends, making late night runs to the store, and frequenting the
beach. Although this might seem like a typical college student spring break
getaway, it was actually far from it. The students didn't go to Florida to party.
They came to compete in the third annual Lunabotics competition hosted by
NASA at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex.
The goal of the event is to encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics) education among college students, while also helping NASA
develop an actual lunar rover prototype. The teams design and build a lunar
rover that mines a simulated version of the regolith soil found on the moon.
All those trips to the beach? They were doing last minute mining tests on their
Lunabot. Those late night store runs? They weren't for beer. They were for
replacement parts as teams prepared for the competition. These teens are some
of the best and brightest in their academic fields, and NASA is taking full
advantage of their talents.
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