The 20th annual Moonbuggy Race sponsored by NASA is underway. The competition challenges students to design, build, and race a “moon rover” which addresses some of the same obstacles faced by NASA in the late 1960s.
The Broad Run High School team, lead by Mr. Taylor (Physics) and Mr. Simmons (Technical Education), contacted Monroe Technology Center to see if we would collaborate with them. They needed some assistance in creating a 3D design, welding, and assembling their entry. Mr. Sarr (Computer Animation), Mr. Sutphin (Auto Servicing), and Mr. Putman (Welding) were more than happy to lend a helping hand.
The contest is open to all high schools, colleges, and universities nationwide. The moonbuggy must be human powered and able to be carried twenty feet by the two passengers (1 male & 1 female). The vehicle must collapse to fit inside a 4’ x 4’ x 4’ box and travel a half mile, timed course. Each team will get two “runs” on the lunar terrain and the top three finishers will take home a win. This year’s race will be held April 25-27 in Huntsville, Alabama at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
To check highlights from the 2012 race, click here.