We had a quite a whirlwind weekend of robotics this past week. With so much excitement, it’s easy to lose sight of such silly things like school and work! Saturday was the big FTC season Kick-Off in Orlando and everyone was so eager to get started, that we met again on Sunday to start strategizing and get the Field Build going. Tossing rings and lifting robots. We were all a little dizzy! But before all that, we took our ‘work-in-progress’ MoonBots Game and went to check-in over at Earthrise Space, Inc. with our favorite Google Lunar X Prize Team, Omega Envoy. It was great to catch up and get an update on their progress. And, we thought we were busy! Ruben and Joe are pretty busy. A lot has changed over there since we visited in June. They are expanding their Lab and work spaces. We got a full tour! We saw the Tilt Table they made for testing the rover — pretty awesome. We also got to see what the “clean room” was like. We got to meet Max, who is new to the Team. Who doesn’t want to work on getting back to the moon? We talked about MoonBots Phase II, the upcoming deadlines, and they gave us some great feedback on our Lunar Landscape. We showed some of our preliminary Game Missions, including our top secret Mission for Marvin. As always, can’t wait to go back!
We were shocked and delighted yesterday to see Brick Buddies among the Phase One winners of the MoonBots Challenge! We are excited to be among the finalists moving on in the competition. The MoonBots Challenge is an international Robotics Challenge in conjunction with the Google Lunar X Prize. This year, over 145 teams entered the competition. We know we face some stiff competition ahead of us, not to mention the double-duty of competing in both FTC and MoonBots, simultaneously this Fall. We’ve got quite a schedule to work out! So, we’re going to enjoy our day of jubilation and then tomorrow, it’s back to practice. Thanks to all our supporters, our parents, and our new partners, Earthrise Space, Inc. for helping us in this effort!