Moon Landing Challenge for 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: Drones and Robots!

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Fifty years ago, NASA took one giant leap for mankind. - the Apollo Program! July 20, 2019 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon in Apollo 11.

The South Metro Salem STEM Partnership, as the designated Challenge host for NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP), will hold a statewide challenge on July 20, 2019, at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas, OR.

The challenge - called the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS Challenge) – includes team engineering design, flying a drone and programming a Lego robot. The team that wins the Oregon Hub Challenges will earn a Grand Prize of a trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas!

A downloadable PDF brochure with more information about the challenge (this info is Oregon-specific) is available. The main challenge site (national info) is https://nwessp.org/apollo50/. REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY OPEN and will close March 31, 2019.

Coaches interested in leading a team are eligible for travel assistance, free equipment and a stipend for participation. No experience necessary. There will be Coach Trainings in Bend, Klamath Falls and Wilsonville.

Hilda Pereyo hpereyo@uw.edu and Theresa Desaulniers DESAULNIERS_THERESA@salkeiz.k12.or.us are the Oregon leads for the competition and are happy to answer any questions.