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Engineering Students Digging in for a Win at a NASA Robotics Competition at Kennedy Space Center

May 16, 2013

Engineering students do a test run on their newly constructed robot before leaving for competition.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- The ability to excavate dirt on the moon isn’t a skill most people in South Texas need, but for five Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students, that skill could win them scholarship money and bragging rights in Florida next week.

Dr. Petru-Aurelian Simionescu will lead Meagan Saylors, Cody Torno, Jessica Lynch, Christopher Hintz, and Phuong Ly in the fourth annual NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition, at the Kennedy Space Center, May 20-24.  The team designed and built a robot, called a “lunabot”, that can collect and move simulated lunar dirt.  The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi engineering students will go head-to-head against 49 other teams, from around the world, to determine which team’s machine can move the most dirt, in a specific amount of time.

NASA, in an effort to attract the brightest minds in science, technology, engineering, and math, gave each team $4,000 to spend on building the robots and traveling to the competition.

The team leaves for Florida on Saturday, May 18th along with Dr. Adrian Georgescu, a visiting scholar and co-adviser for the team.

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