How many teams will make it into Phase Two?
If I have never worked with LEGO MINDSTORMS, will someone will be able to help me if I have questions?
Yes. A LEGO technical expert will be available to you during Phase Two. They will be there to help you along the way. We want you to learn and have fun throughout this competition. We are here to help!
Do I have to buy the robot to be in Phase Two?
No. The LEGO MINDSTORMS robot will be sent to you.
Do I have to purchase the materials to build my Lunar Landscape?
Yes. You will be given a gift card to purchase these materials.
Does the game cost anything for Phase Two?
There are no costs.
I am confused. Is there a game design that I have to follow?
No. There is not a game idea to follow this year. This is why this year’s contest is sooooo cool. You get to build your own Lunar Landscape and you will build a game around your own design.
I am still confused. How is this a competition?
It is a competition for a couple of reasons. (1) Your Team’s Lunar Landscape and game design will be judged. Judges will be judging the creativity and technicality of the Lunar Landscape scaled drawing, the creativity and technical components that make up the Landscape and will also be judging the components of the game. (2) It is a competition because the judges will be looking at how well your robot is able to perform the components of the game that you have designed.
So if my Team puts together a very simple game, does that mean that it will be given a low score?
Not necessarily. Judges will be looking for how well you were able to execute your mission. If you make the game too hard that may impact how well your robot is able is to perform.
What can I use as an example to put together a game if I have never done this before?
Visit the challenge rules for the 2010 and 2011 MoonBots contest. These can be found on the MoonBots website.
Do we have to use a camera on the robot?
A camera is not mandatory this year. This is completely up to your team and the idea that you come up with.
Are borders on all sides allowed on the Lunar Landscape Field?
Yes. You can put up borders. You can also choose to not put up boarders. It is completely your choice.
Can we use LCAD/LDRAW to make the Lunar Landscape Design?
Yes. You can use any of these programs. You can also hand draw your design too. The important thing to know is that everything has to be scaled to size.
Is there a limit on how many points your robot can score?
No. However, realistic your game should not go longer than 5 or so minutes. You don’t want to bore anyone.
The completion is longer this year. Why?
We want to give teams more time to do their live mission. The only thing that needs to be completed during September 15th and November 15th is the mission. You can schedule this event at your school, at a robotics event or wherever you want.
MORE Questions and Answers to Come!!!