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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Google Lunar X PRIZE MoonBots competition at Mall of America®

Local team competing in Google Lunar X PRIZE MoonBots competition
at Mall of America®

WHAT: Science, technology, engineering and math come together in one amazing evening of robotic demonstrations on Friday, Nov. 9 at Mall of America®. More than 30 robotics teams, including local Team 4140 Fish in the Boat will demonstrate homemade robots. Those visiting the Mall will be able to participate in the fun by driving the robots as a part of the demonstration.

Local team 4140 Fish in the Boat is a Minnesota-based FIRST Tech Challenge team made up of local teenagers competing in the MoonBots competition. MoonBots is a competition open to any team of five students and a coach from around the world. The competition is created by the Google Lunar X PRIZE to get a robot to the moon. As one of 30 MoonBots finalist teams in the world, 4140 Fish in the Boat will complete the final phase of the MoonBots challenge by conducting a live-streamed presentation of their robot in the Rotunda. The grand prize of this worldwide challenge is a trip to Hawaii. The winner will be announced in December.

4140 Fish in the Boat along with more than 30 other FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams will demonstrate their own unique robotic inventions in the Rotunda showing families how to get involved with robotics.

FIRST programs are the top robotics competitions for students around the globe to explore science, technology, engineering and math. Yearly challenges featuring robots in a “sports” setting provides fun and excitement that keeps students engaged while exposing them to the engineering community. Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST says these programs are designed "to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." Learn more at

VISUALS:  4140 Fish in the Boat team’s MoonBots demonstration Kids driving various robots

WHEN:  Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
6 - 9:00 p.m.
Mall of America – Rotunda

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