Calling all junior engineers: the new Sphero robotics challenge for students could send your kids on an out-of-this-world trip to Space Center Houston in Texas.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Sphero is partnering with Space Center Houston on the Sphero® BOLT Robotics Mission. The challenge invites students in fourth through eighth grade to compete in space-based programming challenges for the chance to win a trip to Space Center Houston where they’ll meet a real NASA astronaut.

“Igniting curiosity, discovery and creativity among students is always our mission,” said Melissa Gomez, Sphero vice president of education partnerships. “We’re thrilled to partner with Space Center Houston to show students that anything’s possible when they apply their coding skills and imagination. We can’t wait to see what our students come up with.”

Students working in teams can register to enter the competition starting now. They will then be asked to complete various challenges using coding skills, teamwork and creativity to program a Sphero. Contestants will need access to their own Sphero to enter, but if you don’t have one already, you can download a coupon for 10 percent off when you register for the contest.

Teams will have one month to complete the challenges and submit their code, a video and a written section. The submissions will be judged by a panel of experts and the top three winning teams will be announced. The finalists will be invited to Space Center Houston where they will also be awarded Sphero’s newest product, RVR—a ready-to-drive, fully programmable and customizable robot with endless coding possibilities.

For more information on the rules and to register check out the Sphero Robotics Mission site here.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

All photos: Courtesy of Sphero



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