Friday, July 29, 2011

July 20: an historic day

For the Moonstormers, July 20 brought great things this year. Our club and about 50 others from our community celebrated the anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with special guests who made that great day in American history happen.
Our first guest from Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (ATK) wowed the group with pictures and video and cool info like how rocket motors move stuff into space at 17,500 mph! ATK is one of the nations largest aerospace and defense contractors and has a couple of offices here in Utah. We were really excited to meet them.

Our next guest was NASA Engineer Ray Sambamuthi. He has worked for NASA for 22 years and has seen a lot. He wore a red jacket that had flight patches all over it from each of the shuttle missions and projects he had worked on. He told us exciting stories about what it is like to be an engineer.
We also wanted to share what we've learned about robotics and the moon. We all built robots and showed the kids a few things they could do with them. We also made two displays. One that showed kids the difference in weight on the earth and on the moon. The other talked about the moon's natural resources. The Moon Pie Coloring sheet was very fun for the little kids.
Noah W. and Kaitlyn are putting together a summary of that day to display on our blog. So keep an eye open for that.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Moonstormers Phase Two Assignments

Today we started working on Phase Two. Noah C. and Kaitlyn are working on programming. Collin and Devin are building, and modifying our current robot. Noah W.  is writing about what everyone is doing, and is in charge of the blog.
We're also working on a flier for our STEM Project, "Robots in Space"

STEM Project "Robots in Space"

We are preparing for our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) service project. We are really looking forward to it. We call it "Robots in Space".

Wed. July 20 10am-12pm at Thanksgiving Gardens Classroom in Lehi, UT. The Moonstormers will be presenting cool stuff. And we have asked several really great and interesting engineers to come and talk to us there. More details TBA.

Everyone is invited!

Moonstormers: Moonbots Challenge Finalist!!!!

We are happy to say to everyone that we are included in Phase Two of the Google Lunar X Prize Moonbots Challenge!!!!
Our team members specializing in NXT programming  have the following message:

repeat if x:=< infinity
say, "HOORAY"
x:= x+1
end repeat

We received our media kit today. Thank you to Google, Lego and their sponsors.