ORLANDO, FL., August 14, 2012 (Earthrise Space PR) – Omega Envoy, the Florida team competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), and its parent company, Earthrise Space Inc (ESI), are pleased to announce that Omega Envoy will be sponsoring Team Brick Buddies Explorers, a competitor in the Moonbots 2012 competition. Team Brick Buddies Explorers is one of the 30 finalists for phase two of the competition.
Brick Buddies Explorers is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) organization that works to generate interest in young people in science, technology, software programming, mechanical engineering and applying those skills through various STEM-related activities. Moonbots 2012 is a competition where young engineers build a diorama of the lunar terrain, create a robot, and design a game where contestants are tasked with finding and retrieving objects. This competition involves two-to-five members between the ages of 9 and 17.
Brick Buddies Explorers got its start as a young First LEGO League team. The motivation and skills demonstrated by these young engineers led to them becoming involved with the more advanced First Tech Challenge (FTC). In 2011, they were the youngest group of students involved in the FTC in the State of Florida. Brick Buddies Explorers is actively participating in a variety of STEM related programs such as SUMO bots, Robofest, and now, the yearly Moonbots Challenge.
“Team members from Brick Buddies Explorers had the opportunity to meet with the college students of Omega Envoy and their mentors with Earthrise Space, Inc. They found the efforts of Omega Envoy inspiring for themselves. Their take on MoonBots changed after meeting ESI,” said Shelley Kappeler of the Team Brick Buddies Explorer. “While they originally viewed MoonBots as another robotics competition, the mentors at ESI, Joseph Palaia and Jeff Mitchell, were really able to educate the kids about the mission of the Google Lunar X Prize and Heritage Artifacts. I don’t think we would have gained such insight had it not been for our partnership with ESI.”
“It was a pleasure meeting these talented young engineers. I’m completely blown away by what they’ve accomplished,” Earthrise Space Inc.’s Vice-President of Engineering Marvin Tsoi said. “I wish I had an opportunity like this when I was in high school. This is exactly what Earthrise Space, Inc. is about, and we’re proud to support their efforts.”
About Earthrise Space, Inc.
Earthrise Space, Inc. is a Florida-based non-profit corporation dedicated to developing space technology in collaboration with industry and academic institutions. ESI’s Omega Envoy Project is creating a key set of lunar spacecraft infrastructure which will fulfill the requirements of the Google Lunar X PRIZE and provide a platform for the delivery of commercial payloads to the lunar surface. All ESI efforts involve significant numbers of students and young professionals through paid internships, providing them with hands on experience building real spacecraft, and preparing them for future employment in the entrepreneurial space industry.
For more information, please visit: www.omegaenvoy.org.