Official Rules

Form a team, design a robot, solve the challenge, and be part of the Google Lunar X PRIZE race to the Moon with LEGO® MINDSTORMS®!   

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Phase One

Does the game cost anything?
Registration is free. All materials are provided.

Is the game international?
Yes! We want to see Teams from all over the world participate.

Does the Team need to travel anywhere to participate in the challenge?
No. No travel is necessary. In fact, this is why the contest is so cool. You can do it at home, in your backyard, at your friend’s house or at a school.

What are the dates of the competition?
Registration and Phase One: May 15- July 18, 2012 (Any amount of Teams can enter.)
Phase Two: August 1 – November 15, 2011 (30 Teams will make it to Phase Two)

Does a team need to belong to an official robotics club to join MoonBots?
No. This is not a requirement. Teams can be made up of family members and friends with little to no experience with robotics.

What is the official language of the competition?
The official language is English. If your Team is having challenges meeting this requirement, please send an email to

Can a coach have more than one Team?
Yes. However, each kid can participate on only one Team.

What if my Team does not meet the deadline?
Your Team will not be judged and will not be considered for any prizes.

What age do you have to be to participate?
You have to be 9 years old by the date of May 15, 2012.

What is the minimum Team size? Can my adult Team mentor participate?
The minimum Team size is two people + one Team Captain.

What is the maximum Team size?
The maximum size is five people + one Team Captain.

What needs to be submitted in Phase One?
Team Biography
Team Photo
Team Video
Answer to Creative Question
Answer to Outreach Question
Registration Consent Forms for All Team Members and Team Captain must be received

Does the Team Video need to have the MoonBots logo included?
Yes. The MoonBots Challenge logo needs to be included, as well as the title of which video subject the video is categorized in.

What if my Video is longer than four minutes?
The video will not be judged if it is longer than 4 minutes, give or take a few seconds.  Videos can be shorter than 4 minutes.  

How long does the creative question need to be?
No more than one page. The main idea needs to be around what the ultimate Lunar Landscape would look like.  We are looking for creativity and out of the box thinking!

How long does the outreach question need to be?
No more than a couple of paragraphs. The main idea is to tell about a fun and cool place you would want to show off a Lunar Landscape.

When will the announcement of Phase One Winners take place and how will we find out?
The announcement of the winner will take place on August 1st. It will be located on the front page of the MoonBots website. It will also be announced on the MoonBots Facebook page and the MoonBots Twitter account.

What do you get if you win Phase One?
Your Team will win a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot and a gift card to purchase all of the materials to build the ultimate Lunar Landscape! Your Team will also get some awesome stickers, posters and t-shirts. Your Team Captain will receive a subscription to WIRED Magazine.