Where do you think you would complete a live demonstration of your lunar landscape challenge course and why?
We think that the the place to show the Lunar Landscape and participate in the second phase should be cool and fun; but basically we want to show our work to people that are interested in science and technology. We think that the “Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile” (Chilean Engineers Institute) fulfills all of this! The Colegio is an institution where most graduated engineers and students go to make and participate at seminar and workshops about science and technology, among other activities. Some of this seminars and workshops are oriented to the engineers children and the community in order to diffuse the science and technology themes. This is a very cool and fun place, we have been there for a lot of very interesting seminars.
We could do the show in Wenlock School, where we study. It is a very cool place too. But the diffusion we can reach is not as important as in the Colegio de Ingenieros. And Wenlock students can go our presentation at Colegio de Ingenieros indeed!
Millions of years ago a massive piece of rock collided with planet Earth. Lots of pieces of rock were spread out on space, and because of gravity they started to group until they form our Moon. During the millions of years of history of the Moon, lots of meteorites collisioned and has formed craters, which can be from a couple of centimeters wide up to 260 kilometers. The Moon has “seas” which were formed from the eruption of basaltic lava. This process has created a smooth, dark surface. The main seas are the “Mare Serenitatis” and “Mare Crisium”, both names in Latin.
If your team could create a lunar landscape for a LEGO MINDSTORMS to rove and complete a challenge, what would the lunar landscape look like
We plan to make a landscape of the Moon that has been prepared for human living. It will have structures to clean up water, generate oxygen and produce food; we are going to put solar panels to produce and storage energy in batteries. Those are going to be placed on a “sea” because it has an almost flat surface that will be easier to build on.
We would build a model of the “sea” using a cardboard covered with “paper-mâché” to imitate the lunar irregular surface, including craters, cracks and some hills. We will add some irregular rocks and sand because the lunar surface is covered by sand. Everything is going to be painted with grey spray paint to give the lunar surface color. In the model we are going to include one crack of 2 cm wide and a small crater of 10 cm wide and 15 cm deep. We are going to build a greenhouse to grow plants to eat and to generate oxygen. Investigation will be an important part on the daily life on the moon. Astronauts will study how different plants grow on the Moon, maybe plants are going to be strongest or give better fruits there.
There will be a rest area where astronauts will sleep and enjoy the evening or talk to their families on earth. This area will have an special satellite communication system.
The human structures will be build with LEGO bricks. Among these products are the LEGO City Space, the LEGO Alien Conquest, and also the LEGO Technic and the LEGO Star Wars. All of this kind of products can inspire for build the lunar model. On the LEGO products we can find lots of inspiration and some models that we can use to build our lunar station, and some machines to built it, to move around the area, and to develop the experiments.