The Dreamers

About the Team

We are two very good friends, Alon (8 years old) and Neta (10 years old). Our parents are friends, so we meet often…
The Captain of our team is Doron B (Alon's father). He is helping us with the English and the rules of this challenge.

We are two very good friends, Alon (8 years old) and Neta (10 years old). Our parents are friends, so we meet often…
The Captain of our team is Doron B (Alon's father). He is helping us with the English and the rules of this challenge.
Every time we meet, our favorite play is Marionette Theater. We play it for our parents and other friends. Most of the time the show is about other planets and the moon, where we believe can be a better place to live in. A place where all people are equal, a place without wars. We believe that it is possible; we want to show everyone that it is really possible.
Robots have always been something we were both interested in and played when we were younger. We build Lego robots and enjoy it very much.
To this GOOGLE MOONBOTS challenge we bring with us curiosity, creativity, capability, diligence, friendship and belief that we can change even something small in this world.
The moon tale we have chosen, combines a very sad story from our past with a hope of a better place and future.

Phase One

What inspires our team about the Moon is: 
Testimonial from someone who has viewed our tale: 

My name is Tamar Zemach Marom. I am Petr Ginz's niece and a former school mate of Ilan Ramon's. The story of Petr and his connection to Ilan is obviously not new to me. Yet when I watched Neta and Alon's film, I was deeply moved. I was moved not only for the obvious reason of my personal connection to the story, but also because of the message it transmits. Neta and Alon are at the same age that Petr's great grandchildren would have been, had he survived Auschwitz. Petr was only a child when he drew planet earth as seen from the moon, close in age to Neta and Alon. He had a very vivid imagination and many talents. He was an artist, he wrote poetry, novels (one was published a few years ago) and articles and he was the editor of the "Vedem" magazine in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Nevertheless, neither his imagination and his vision of the future, nor his talents, could save him from his horrible fate. Neta and Alon's vision of a better world, a world without wars, is inspiring. Despite being of the fourth generation after the Holocaust, they strongly carry this message to the future generations. They are the link between those who had a chance to hear about the Holocaust first hand to those who will not have that chance. They are the link to carry on the lessons that can be learned from the Holocaust. What I most loved about the film is its important message, especially in today's challenging times. Moreover, their idea to tie robotics, which is usually associated with technology and practical benefit, to a humanistic message is very unique. It speaks the language of the future and ties it to an important universal message that if adopted can make our planet earth a better place.
Tamar Zemach Marom

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“Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you'll land in the stars” (Les Brown)
“With this quote, we opened the fourth grade year. Neta is a meritorious student, who always strives and makes every effort for excellence. Neta’s parents, aim every day, with every breath to demonstrate good citizenship with values abound. The idea to perpetuate the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, especially the boy Petr Ginz, who perished in the Holocaust, gave me a feeling of pride and awe of the contributions to humanity and the Jewish people.
I hope, Neta, my pupil, together with her friend Alon, will be appreciated of their idea and be given the opportunity to fulfill their dream to go much further.”
Sincerely, Deri, Nurit, 3rd-4th grade teacher

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I was very moved after watching the movie about the upcoming exhibit of Petr Ginz' drawings. It is quite thought provoking to see that people have been dreaming about going to the moon, and seeing Earth from the moon for hundreds of years now, while our generation takes the fact that man has been to the moon almost for granted.
I find projects like that, the movie and exhibition, inspiring and I hope that more of the participants in the competition will take that route.
The symbolism of the shuttle Columbia, the first space mission to carry an Israeli astronaut, crashing on the same day as Petr Ginz' birthday, a Jewish child that was murdered in the Holocaust and dreamed about space, is profound and note worthy. The film brings up the notion of continuity, and I hope that the exhibition will make more and more kids dream of going to space, and following in the footsteps of Ilan Ramon.
Omer, High-tech entrepreneur

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My name is Yuval Karakookly,
I am 43 years old,
I am working as a CTO in an Israeli technology industry, and although my professional work is
dealing with advanced technology, I am still inspired and amazed by the achievement of
reaching the moon almost 50 years ago.
This well edited short clip introduced to me the sad story of Peter Ginz. A story I was not
familiar with, emphasizing the strength of the vision and imagination of a young boy to
create and profound a long lasting hope in the darkest point.
I truly hope that our generation will take step forward to direct this genuine inspiration to
the benefit of our common world.
I would like to bless Google for the initiative and to wish success to the gifted team in the
moon-bots contest,
Sincerely,
Yuval Karakookly

Phase Two

Picture of the Team: 
Picture of Team’s Robot: 
Picture of Team’s Playfield: 
Picture of Team with their Robot and Playfield: 
Picture that sums up your experience with MoonBots: 
Summary video of our 2015 MoonBots STEM Outreach Project: