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Apollo 50 Next Giant Leap: Students Celebrating the Landing on the Moon

Posted on July 29, 2019 - 1:38 PM CDT

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On Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Monroe Community College , 9 teams of 45 students from grades 5 through 12 participated in Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS) celebrating the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. The winning team, Crypto Cyborgs, is going to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The teams had to do the following tasks for the competition: build a replica of the lunar module; program a Lego robot to act as a rover; use a remote-controlled drone to land the 8- by- 10- foot map of the moon’s surface; maneuver the rover across the map of the lunar surface completing various missions to score points; plant a flag; and safely return the lunar module to where it started using a drone.

Dr. Kevin Czajkowski from the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH and Jeff Demaray from Monroe Community College, Monroe, MI hosted the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS) and collaborated with Robert Winglee from University of Washington NESSP to make this event happen.