Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thanks again for checking out our blog and supporting the Molokai Mahina MoonBots Team!!!
Friday, May 28, 2010
and dont forget the "Official website":
there you can also check out some of the other teams we are competing against! There are over 250 teams and from all over the world, definitely a lot of interesting points of view!
30 minutes until the deadline and we are still cracking away!!! We have everything uploaded to the website for judging, but now we are just adding finishing touches! :)
No time will be wasted!
Thank you to everyone who made this possible!
Mr. Gonzales (video), Dr. Brazzel (lab coat), Mrs. Jenkins (spacesuit), Mrs. Svetin (costumes), Mrs. Yerhot (snacks), Mrs. Gilliland (costumes), Mrs. Kikukawa (support), Ms. Espiritu (support).
Let us know what you think! :)
Here is what our Script Looked like...when we filmed we had close to 8 minutes, so we had to cut a lot out, but this is what we originally had! :)
Molokai Mahina MoonBot Script
WARNING: This film may contain life altering information that will require you to think outside of the box and will enhance your interest in lunar exploration. Now sit back and prepare for the experience of a life time.
DVD MENU SHOWS ON SCREEN:
1. Early Missions to the Moon
2. MoonBot Resort
3. After Your Trip
Play All Set Up
TITLE PAGE: EARLY MISSIONS TO THE MOON
Music starts playing while text scrolls across screen in a “star wars” way..
(‘Awa) SINCE 1959 HUMANS HAVE BEEN YEARNING TO EXPLORE THE MOON AND BEYOND. PROBES, SPACECRAFTs, AND A FEW GOOD MEN HAVE ORBITTED AND SET FOOT ON THE MOON. WITH THE HELP OF ROBOTS AND TECHNOLOGY WE HAVE LEARNED THAT THE MOON HAS 1/6 GRAVITY, WATER ICE, HELIUM 3 AND LITTLE ATMOSPHERE. ALL OF THESE FACTORS MAKE THE LUNAR LOUNGE ON THE MOON THE PERFECT PLACE TO ACHIEVE YOUR OPTIMUM HEALTH AND SPACE EXPLORATION DREAMS. NOW COME WITH US ON A JOURNEY WHERE MANKIND REACHES DESIRED HEALTH AND SCIENCE GOALS, ON THE MOON.
(Michael RUNNING ON ROAD) I used to have such a hard time running because my knees caused me so much pain, but IN THE LUNAR LOUNGE I was able to exercise without pain and get in the best shape of my life.
(Alex) Previously when we visited the moon we could only STAY AND LIVE inside the spacecraft for 3 days. Now thanks to the newly opened LUNAR LOUNGE we can stay for SEVERAL weeks at a time and finish our projects in an efficient and timely matter.
TITLE PAGE: LUNAR LOUNGE ON THE MOON.
(ERIK): “WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A STATE OF THE ART FACILITY THAT IS COMPLETELY ATANOMOUS AND GREEN. WE USED SOLAR PANELS TO CREATE A SAFETY ZONE FOR YOU TO REACH YOUR FITNESS GOALS. OUR COZY PRIVATE ROOMS CONTAIN SOLAR TOILETS AND SOLAR DISTILLERS WHILE OUR BUBBLE WINDOWS ILLUMINATE THE INTERIOR SOFTLY WITHOUT A HARSH DIRECT SOLAR LIGHT SOURCE. THESE LIGHTS ARE REALLY TOP OF THE LINE; THEY ALLOW FULL SUNLIGHT SPECTRUM WHICH MAKES GROWING FOOD BEARING PLANTS AND RECYCLING AIR POSSIBLE. IN ADDITION TO THE FITNESS RESORT WE ARE CONSTRUCTING A ‘PORTAL TO MARS’, A LAUNCH PAD IN THE WORKS DESIGNED FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRANSPORTING HUMANS TO MARS AND BEYOND.
(ALEX): “BEING ABLE TO GO TO THE MOON AND STAY THERE FOR 4 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS INSTEAD OF ONLY THREE DAYS MAKES A WORLD OF A DIFERENCE IN OUR EFFORTS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE MOON AND ALSO TO CREATE A NEW LUNAR LAUNCH PAD TO MARS. THE “PORTAL TO MARS” AREA OF THIS BIODOME ALLOWS SCIENTISTS TO WORK OUTSIDE OF THE LUNAR LOUNGE ON THE LUNAR LAUNCH PAD, NOW INSTEAD OF BUILDING IT ON EARTH AND AGAIN ON THE MOON WE CAN SIMPLY TRANSPORT THE NECESSARY SUPPLIES AND BUILD IT ONE TIME ON THE MOON.
(MORIAH): UPON YOUR ARRIVAL TO THE MOON AND OUR LUNAR LOUNGE YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY FEEL THE EFFECTS OF HAVING 1/6 OF THE AMOUNT OF GRAVITY PULLING ON YOUR BODY. IT WILL BE LIKE A WEIGHT IS LIFTED OFF OF YOU AS YOUR HEART AND BODY ARE NOW ABLE TO DO THE SAME TASK WITHOUT AS MUCH EFFORT. LESS GRAVITY WILL ALLEVIATE THE PAIN THAT YOUR EXCESS WEIGHT HAS PUT ON YOUR JOINTS. THIS WILL ALLOW YOU TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF OUR FITNESS RESORT. SO GO AHEAD AND GIVE RUNNING A SHOT, OR TRY ONE OF OUR MANY AEROBIC CLASSES. HERE IN THE PRIVACY OF OUR LUNAR LOUNGE YOU CAN GET IN THE HABIT OF WORKING OUT SO WHEN YOU ARRIVE BACK ON EARTH YOU CAN CONTINUE EXCERSING AND MAINTAIN THOSE RESULTS.
SHOW TITLE PAGE: WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR TRIP TO THE MOON
(MICHAEL): UPON RETURNING TO EARTH IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT OVER WORK YOURSELF AND YOU ADJUST YOUR FITNESS ROUTINES ACCORDINGLY TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE INCREASED GRAVITY ON EARTH. THE ADVANCED FITNESS PROFESSIONALS AND DIETITIANS LOCATED ON EARTH AND ON THE MOON CAN HELP YOU WITH CREATING A PERSONAL FITNESS ROUTINE TO FOLLOW WHEN YOU ARRIVE BACK ON EARTH. MANY OF THE PEOPLE WE HAVE SENT TO THE MOON HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AT COMING BACK AND GETTING INTO AN APPROPRIATE WORKOUT ROUTINE, JUST LIKE ME.
(Alex): THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK RIGHT ALONG THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE ON THE MOON CHANGING THEIR LIVES BY LOSING WEIGHT ENCOURAGES ME TO CONTINUE WORKING HARD AT HELPING MANKIND TRAVEL FURTHER INTO SPACE VIA OUR PORTAL TO MARS LAUNCH PAD. I EVEN HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF MEETING AND INSPIRING A YOUNG MAN THERE WHO NOT ONLY CHANGED HIS LIFE AT THE FITNESS RESORT BUT ALSO CHANGED HIS CAREER PATH BY BECOMING AN ASTRONAUNT AND IS NOW ON THE LIST FOR THE NEXT SPACE MISSION.
(AWA): WHEN I WENT TO THE MOON IT WAS TO CHANGE MY HEALTH HABITS, BUT WHEN I GOT THERE AND BEGAN CHANGING MY LIFE, I REALIZED THAT NOTHING WAS IMPOSSIBLE. WHEN I CAME BACK TO THE EARTH I ENROLLED IN A COLLEGE AND GOT MY DEGREE IN ASTRONOMY, REALIZING MY CHILDHOOD DREAM, AND AM NOW SIGNED UP FOR THE FIRST SPACE MISSION TO MARS UTILIZING THE PORTAL TO MARS. MY LIFE IS FOREVER CHANGED BECAUSE OF MY EXPERIENCES ON THE MOON, AND YOURS COULD BE TOO.
(Michael): So come AND join us on the next lunar mission, YOU could be the person who helps us set new limits on what humans can achieve IN SPACE AND BEYOND.
BEGIN ROLLING CREDITS TO “I LIKE TO MOONBOT, MOONBOT. I LIKE TO MOONBOT, MOONBOT!”
Been working for almost 4 hours! :)
Here is the copy of our essay. Unfortunately I cannot save the document on this blog so you are going to have to read the text here...I will see if I can come up with a different, more reader friendly, way to get the text on here! For now, though- here is the text!
Molokai Mahina MoonBot Essay
Since 1959, people have been yearning to go to the moon. The first lunar mission was by Luna 1 on January 2, 1959 and completed by the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union has since launched twenty-eight additional lunar missions. Americans have launched a total of thirty-six lunar missions. Through previous explorations we have learned, amongst other miscellaneous things, there is water ice, helium 3, 1/6 gravity, and only a small amount of atmosphere on the moon. We have learned a lot from the moon and are gaining more knowledge with each trip.
The first American lunar mission was performed by the Pioneer 4 which was only meant as a fly by mission. So far lunar exploration has evolved from orbiting the moon, to crash landing on the moon, to soft landing on moon, to man walking on the moon. The next step in our journey to the moon is to build and reside there.
With water ice on the moon, we can create oxygen so we are able to sustain life on the moon. On earth helium 3 is used for fuel, on the moon having access to helium 3 is important because it means we can make fuel there instead of transporting large quantities of fuel with us. The 1/6 gravity will not only help people exercise with more ease but will also help us launch from the Portal to Mars launch pad with less effort and friction. Little atmosphere on the moon will make exploring and documenting the history of the moon easier.
The Soviet Union and the U.S.A have been in a Cold War inspired space race since 1959. Their goal is to be the first country to put a man on the moon. The Soviet Union’s Luna 1 took pictures of the far-side of the moon. Apollo 11 was the first U.S.A. space craft to land on the moon; this was in 1969. The next orbiter the USA has scheduled to go to the moon will be the G.R.A.I.L. in September of 2011.
The Molokai Mahina team believes that the key to future space exploration is a biodome on the moon. The biodome we are hoping to build on the moon will be an autonomous and completely green structure. Inside our state of the art facility we will have a Lunar Lounge which will include a residential, fitness and agricultural division. We will also have an additional space development portion called “Portal to Mars” which will allow scientists to develop and construct a launch pad to Mars further increasing our abilities to explore space. This biodome is a necessity to expand space travel and enhance man kinds understanding of the world beyond ours.
The materials we will use to construct our biodome are titanium, aluminum, and carbon fiber. We chose these materials because they are light in weight making them easy to transport. They are also exceptionally strong which will make them a dependable and reliable material. We will also mount solar panels onto the outside surface of the biodome to collect sunlight and power our entire facility. Because there is very little atmosphere there will be no shortage of sunlight. Even during the long lunar night we will have a reserve of energy that we can use. Inside all of our buildings we will include bubble windows to illuminate the interior softly without a harsh direct solar light source protecting us from the intense sunlight and providing us with a means to grow food. There will also be solar distillers to provide water that is more pure than bottled or tap water for the people who are staying in our biodome. Solar toilets are perfect for remote areas and require no plumbing or water. In addition the waste can be recycled and used for compost. It is difficult to determine the cost of this facility, but in general the cost of these materials are about 1/3 the cost of conventional construction.
Inside our Lunar Lounge we will have a fitness facility set up for morbidly obese people to begin achieving their health goals. It will be easier for obese people to get off on the right foot with their weight loss goals with 1/6 gravity because it relieves some of the pressure on their joints, and also allows their hearts to pump easier. There will be onsite doctors and physicians to monitor each person’s health status. The location of our facility will help to eliminate many of the distractions that they may face on earth such as fast food restaurants that they may be tempted with on earth.
Our Agricultural Division will include our green house and farm area. We will grow and harvest all of our own produce and the bubble windows will help us achieve this goal. Our farm area will contain chickens and various other farm animals for us to get eggs from and also meat. We will also have a compost area, including a worm farm where we can dispose of our non-hazardous waste. Having healthy organic food available at virtually no cost will be instrumental in making this facility survive.
The Portal to Mars, a separate area of our biodome will serve as a way to transport humans to Mars and beyond. The main benefit of having a launch pad on the moon is that we can actually build and test the launch pad right there on the moon instead of having to build it on earth and transport it in pieces. Having the Portal to Mars in the same biodome as the Lunar Lounge allows the scientists to work on the launch pad for longer periods of time because we predict, based on previous data, that humans could survive in protected environments on the moon for about four weeks before their bones begin to become brittle.
The reason we chose to do a fitness facility on the moon is because health is a very important aspect of life. Without good health our lifespan would be shorter and we wouldn’t be able to live to our full potential. The moon is a great place to take advantage of your health goals. You can lose weight, your heart and body are able to work without as much effort, your muscles are able to work more freely, and you don’t experience some everyday problems like heartburn.
Weight loss is very easy to accomplish on the moon. Because of the 1/6 gravity your able to exercise without your excess weight acting as a burden to you exercising. This will let you do full body aerobic exercises like running, swimming, and dancing which you may not be able to do on earth.
On the moon your heart and body are able to work without as much effort. This is because with less gravity they don’t have to hold the body’s weight and therefore it has an easier job. This also helps people with cancer because the less gravity speeds down the blood flow which slows the spread of cancer through the blood.
Another advantage of being on the moon is that your muscles are able to move and strengthen themselves with ease. With the excess weight lifted off of you, you can participate in activities such as dancing, run on a treadmill, or do resistance exercises all which may have been hard for you on earth.
Overall the moon is a GREAT place to reach your fitness goals. You can maintain a healthy body weight here and participate in many exercises so on your return to earth you can continue your established exercise routine and maintain your healthy habits. This will make you happy and your body happy utilizing one of the universes many resources that has a lot of potential…..the moon.
When you arrive back on earth you will feel the immediate effects of your new healthy body. Since you have already established the basic foundation of a healthy exercise and eating program it will be easy for you to maintain these habits with minimum change when you arrive back home. The earth has more gravity than the moon so you would not be able to maintain your same intensity levels but with less weight on your body you will be able to complete the same tasks you that you did on the moon. As for your eating habits you wouldn’t have to change anything, just continue eating healthy. You will feel very good with your progress and if you continue your exercise and eating program you can continue to live a healthy live.
With the Lunar Lounge and Portal to Mars on the moon there are no limits on what we can accomplish.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Today in class Michael says to me "Aunty Jenn I think my brain is fried, Alex broke the robot in half and I immediately tried to click the 'undo button'!"
We have been working on this project non stop. We are starting to get overly exposed, tired and sloppy with our stuff so my plan is to just tell everyone to get well rested so tomorrow we can all bring our "A-game" to class!! I think we all just need a break and then tomorrow when we come back with fresh sets of eyes we will be more productive! :)
We are still having a hard time getting the google sketchup of our robot to upload. It will be a shame if we have to print it off and scan the pictures in...we spent so much time (mostly Michael and Moriah!) lining everything up on all sides so you could look at it from any angle and see how it was built. That wont be as easy with different 'still' images.
Please check back on our blog tomorrow- we will be uploading all of our final materials on to here for your viewing pleasure! :)
And thanks again to all of you for your comments! They are really great and the team loves reading them! :)
Here are some more Vlogs from today.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Today we finally finished up the taping of our Video Essay!! Now we just need to edit it and we will be finished with it! We want to give another big giant thanks to Mr. Gonzales who has been helping us with the recording!! THANK YOU!!! Without you it wouldn't have been possible (literally- we used his camera!) we owe you a lifetime supply of powerade! ;)
Today was also the last day of school for many of the kids on our team so tomorrow we will be meeting all day! It is our goal to have everything finished by midnight tomorrow night so that we can be sure and get it all submitted in time to meet the deadline! Its going to take A LOT of hard work, but if we stay focused I know we can do it! :)
Here is a clip of Awa from the Molokai Mahina team! :)
Check back tomorrow for more pictures and videos! I am sure we will have a lot to say after 6 hours working in a little room with each other! :)
Today we were still working on the digital design of our robot and logo. We were also going to be finishing up with the filming of our video essay but that ended up not working out so we will finish tomorrow.
Less than 3 more working days left!!
Here is a VLOG from one of the Molokai Mahina team members, Michael!
So our new plan is to finish recording our essay tomorrow and hopefully (fingers crossed) get the majority of our digital design done!
Check back tomorrow evening for a more detailed blog with more videos and pictures!
Aloha Auinapo! (Good night!)
Monday, May 24, 2010
Today proved to be a challenging one for the group! The pressure is really starting to sink in now that we only have 4 more days to finish Phase 1 of the competition! With things so intense right now, it takes a little work to remember to laugh and have fun! Good thing we have a funny bunch of kids to keep the morale high! :) Here is a picture of our team all dressed up in costume for day 1 of video taping for our essay.
So here is the update on our progress!
Today we got a little more than half of the taping done for our video presentation. We didn't want to go into too much detail since we only have 1-3 minutes to present, but as we were taping Mr. G (the man with the camera!) came up with a bunch of great ideas that were easy to add in quick! One challenge we faced with video taping was memorizing our parts...each student was completely able to recite their lines, but once the camera was on them they had such a hard time. To try and help them feel more comfortable the rest of the team left while each student was doing their part. Although all of the members are extremely amazing, one student in particular really impressed me with his 'readiness'! He was confident and ready to go when he arrived today and finished his part up! Tomorrow we are (Fingers crossed) going to finish the rest of the taping so that we can work on touching it up before Thursday.
As far as our Robot goes- well- yet again we changed our plan...it seems so difficult for us to make the digital design without actually building it first. I'm a little worried that we have been spending so much time focusing on the tires and gears that we are going to be forced to neglect other important parts. At the end of class I think we had mostly decided on what our next plan of attack is going to be. Tomorrow is a computer lab workday so this will allow for the team to make progress on our digital design. Our robotics goal is to have a final plan in place for the robot so we can finish the digital design without having to go back in and change it. :)
Also today I want to make a quick 'shout out' to our awesome parents who have been so generous to bring snacks for the team at each meeting!! It is really hard on the kids to go for 3 hours each day after school with no food. I'm sure if it wasn't for the 'Ono grindz' (Hawaiian for excellent food!) the kids would run out of steam before 3:00!! And thank you for offering to bring snacks without even being asked! Seriously, blog followers, this team can pound an entire loaf of bread with PBJ and Nutella, bananas, apples, cheese, box of crackers, 3 dozen cookies and water without even ruining their dinner! :) So Mahalo (Hawaiian for Thank You!) mommies, for the snacks and the support!!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
a hui hou,
Friday, May 21, 2010
Here are some pictures of us working today!!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Jenn Whitted, Coach
My name is Jenn Whitted and I am a stay at home mom who teaches robotics on the side! Im a graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Teaching with Technology. I think exposing people to technology at a young age is extremely important because it takes away a lot of the 'limitations' young people might experience when trying to complete a task. When technology is involved there is little that someone can't do.
I especially appreciate the opportunity to participate in the MoonBots competition because it brings lunar exploration out of the history books and puts it right in the hands of students.
My name is ‘Awa Yerhot, I am 10 years old. I am a 5th Grade student at Kaunakakai School and I have experience with robots. I would like to be on the Moon Bot competition team. I have the skills and knowledge about the Moon and Mars to participate in the Moon Bot competition.
Hi, my name is Erik Svetin. I am 10 years old and in the 5th grade at Kaunakakai Elementary school. I have a brother named Owen and my mom is a manager at a pharmacy and my dad works at the local GoodFellow Company. I like to play baseball, basketball and kick the can. I was in First Lego League and won 1st alternate last year. we are trying to go to state next year!
My name is Alex Gilliland I am a thirteen year old girl who lives on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. I have lived here for the past ten years. I was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. I have also lived in Normal Illinois. I live with my mom, dad and, big brother, I love them all very much. My hobbies include; cooking, art, hanging out with my friends and reading good books. I also like to make people laugh and enjoy public speaking. My favorite school subject is science and math. When I grow up I would like to study to become an Astrobiologist.
Michael Altair Kikukawa is a freshman at Molokai High School. Last year he assisted in robotics and this year he is a mentor for the FLL robotics teams. He wanted to participate on the MoonBots Robotics Competition Team to learn more about the moon and robotics. He tells me he has always had a passion for astronomy, in fact he's named after the twelfth brightest star in the night sky, Altair. From a young age he has read astronomy books that his parents supplied him with but more recently he has been to an astronomy camp at UH Manoa and participated in various workshops on Molokai. He has a lot of experience creating videos and working with the technology involved in videos, computers, and robots.
Hi, my name is Moriah Jenkins and I am 14 and in the 10th grade. I have two sisters, 2 dogs and a rabbit. My mom is a teacher and my dad is a firefighter. My background in robotics is FLL and VEX. My background in astronomy is fairly vast. I have been to numerous astronomy camps and workshops. I am very interested in MoonBots and look forward to future research.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
This blog site is set up for the Moloka'i Mahina Robotics team to post their submissions for the Google Lunar X Prize MoonBots competition.
Currently we are in the process of selecting our team members and getting started on our work! We only have 2 days to get this set up before the registration deadline. We know we are a little late in the game but we are ready to work hard and learn some amazing things about Lunar Exploration!
A hui hou,
MoonBots Team Coach