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Kids re-enact moon landing in robot challenge at Univ. of Washington — and win trips to NASA sites

25 Jul 2019, 19:57 UTC
Kids re-enact moon landing in robot challenge at Univ. of Washington  — and win trips to NASA sites
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Students with the W.O.W. (Women of the World) team from Forks, Wash., test their rover in the practice space at the University of Washignton. (University of Washington Photo)
Middle and high school students from across Washington state competed in a robotics challenge last week at the University of Washington to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Two winning teams won’t get to travel to the moon, but they will visit NASA facilities on opposite sides of the country.
The Apollo 50 Next Giant Leap Student Challenge, or ANGLeS Challenge, attracted 4,000 students since its nationwide launch in January. Organized by NASA and the UW’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline, the event required kids to use drones, a miniature replica of NASA’s lunar lander and a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot to explore an 8-by-10-foot map of the moon’s surface.
Members of the Boys Scouts of America Troop 751 team, from Sammamish, Wash., flying their drone at the UW. (University of Washington Photo)
Members of the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club team, a regional team based in Mukilteo, Wash., display their origami lunar lander. (University of Washington Photo)
According to UW News, 28 five-member teams from Washington state qualified ...

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