The NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute (MICI) will be offering Minority Serving Institutions the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to assist their school in entering the 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. Lunabotics is a university-level competition designed to engage and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It encourages innovative lunar excavation concepts from universities which may result in clever ideas and solutions which could be applied to an actual lunar excavation device or payload. The challenge is for students to design and build a remote controlled or autonomous excavator, called a lunabot, that can collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms of lunar simulant within 15 minutes. The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the lunar simulant, the weight and size limitations of the lunabot, and the ability to control the lunabot from a remote control center.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: June 30, 2011 MAXIMUM AMOUNT AVAILABLE: $5,000 ALLOWED USE OF FUNDS: Up to $1,000 may be used in the form of a stipend for a faculty member who is responsible for the project AND establishes at least a one credit course around this project. Plus, other expenses associated with entering including equipment, materials, travel expenses. ELIGIBILITY: Open to Universities and Community College classified as a Minority Serving Institution by the US Department of Education. Schools that have participated in Lunabotics in the past are ineligible to apply for a grant. APPLICATION FORM:DOWNLOAD NOW! APPLICANT VIDEO CONFERENCE: May 11, 2011 at 3pm - REGISTER AT http://nasamiciconference.com , click “Presentations” , then click the Lunabotics presentation banner.
Watch the recording of the APPLICANT VIDEO CONFERENCE which was held on May 11, 2011. To learn how to register to view this recording view the video below.