ChandraBots is a rookie team participating in the 2015 MOONBOTS, a Google Lunar X-Prize Challenge. ChandraBots is based in Howard County, Maryland, USA. The inspiration for the name ChandraBots comes from the Sanskrit word for the moon - Chandra, NASA's X-ray observatory -- Chandra -- which was named after the Nobel Laureate - Chandrasekhar Subrahmanyan and ISRO's moon rover Chandrayaan that discovered water on the moon.
ChandraBots has 4 team members (in alphabetical order): Ananth, Harini, Saketh and Shyam. Though this is ChandraBots' rookie year participating in MOONBOTS, the team members' are greatly accomplished in First Lego League. ChandraBots is a part of the TechWeb team that won the 2015 Maryland State First Lego League Championship and represented Maryland at the FLL World Championships in St. Louis, MO. The team members are good friends and enjoy learning and sharing that learning with friends and community. Their passion for robotics and confidence in each others strengths help them succeed together as a team.
The video by Chandrabots for the Moonbot challenge is engaging, inspiring, and educational. The use of visuals provided interesting material for the viewer. The discussion of the technology in the iPhone compared to the Apollo spacecraft is very descriptive. It was important to hear about the things that inspire you, as they will inspire other young scientists as well. And the information included in the video is accurate and amazingly current. My fellow lunar scientists have discovered that there is water ice in patches on the Moon in the very cold polar regions. Our objective now is to figure out exactly where those patches are and how to utilize them for exploration. Also, a spacecraft called Chandrayaan-1 made an important discovery about water on the Moon. So the name Chandrabots is a nice tie to that work. I hope that we do go back to the Moon. All we need is the support of the public to make this a priority. I am glad to have young scientists like you working toward this goal and I look forward to seeing you on the Moon in the near future!
--Dr. Dana Hurley, Planetary Scientist, Applied Physics Lab, Johns Hopkins University
My favorite part of the video was the enthusiasm of the student scientists. The scientists are obviously very engaged in the topic of the moon and the technology involved in that exploration. The graphics and captioning added significantly to understanding the fascinating information about the moon shared in the video. It was truly interesting to hear about the comparison of the technology available for Apollo missions and technology that everyone is using today. The video shows the infinite possibilities if people were to take on the challenge of re-exploring the moon, and beyond, today.
--Sandra W. Vinje, Science Educator, Clarksville Middle School
The Chandrabots video was informative, entertaining and creative. My favorite part was how each member was actively involved in the production. Their enthusiasm about the Moon was evident especially at the end when they all cheered. Their questions and statements throughout were thought provoking. What truly surprised me was the comparison of the technology of the i-Phone 5S and the computer that sent Apollo 11 to the moon and how much more advanced the i-Phone is in comparison. I loved their use of the various backgrounds showing the moon, astronauts etc as it put me there while pondering the questions raised! I am looking forward to more!
--Sheri Earle, Health Educator, Clarksville Middle School
My favorite part of the video was the intro with the silhouette as well as how animated the students were when speaking. I also liked the backgrounds and shots from the air and space museum. That creative aspect added an extra level of interest. The technological facts about the iPhone 5 vs. Apollo 11 is very fascinating!
--Liz Ringenberg, Vocal/General Music, Clarksville Middle School
Facts/ Findings of "Moontale" are amazing. The video is quite educating and inspiration for everyone. Interesting facts in the video - moon is formed out of debris, I5s has a processor powerful then the Apollo XI computer.
--Ram Sadula, IT Division, IRS
Favorite part of the video - Comparison between iphone and Apollo 11 computer. Creativity displayed - Background screen with visuals, video clip in air and space museum. Information learned from the video - Facts about Moon
Favorite part of the video - Exploration of the Moon. Creativity - Imagination of human being living on the Moon. Fun facts learned - Processing power of todays computers.
--Dr. Sasala Challa
Favorite part of the tale - exploring moon. It is really good that kids of this age have taken interest in things like this. I learnt a lot like i5s processor is more powerful than Apollo computer processor.
--Undergraduate, Engineering Major
Favorite part - Exploring the Moon. The background shots of moon and spacecraft was creative. The possibility of exploring other planets easier and faster in the near future is fascinating.
--Mahesh Gorle, Enterprise Solutions Architect at SAIC
The children have used original ideas and creative thinking. My favorite part of the tale is the fact that each child has brought out her/his personality in the aspect that they present. The use of shadows is very clever. Chandra, the moon is the symbol of the mind. The use of shadows demonstrates the fact that moon still inspires creativity and imagination. I learned that the Apollo trips were made by a determined nation using very basic technology. Not only has rocketry and instrumentation improved; we have a far bigger body of knowledge to build on as we make new finds from the moon. If we come together as one world, we should be able to harness the best ideas to study the moon and the great space beyond.
--Finance executive, Washington DC
My favourite part in the video is about formation of moon. It is new knowledge for me. The innovation is using the appropriate part of moon as the background. I learned several new facts such as formation of moon, astronomers landed near the equator. Good narrative.
--Tulasi, S.R., Retd. Executive, ITC Paperboards