Hello FLL-ers! I hope all of you are aware of the Lego Google Moonbots <http://www.moonbots.org/> competition – now in its fifth year, and growing. You should all have got the launch e-mail from First LEGO League HQ in Machester NH on or about March 17. About 400 teams registered for the competition by the deadline, and many have now submitted 3-minute Video Essays on *Why Humans Should Return to the Moon For Good*. There are about ten FLL World Festival teams and four Virginia FLL teams in the Moonbots competition, including two McLean Robotics Institute (MRI) teams. There is a short list at the bottom of the e-mail. They all deserve your support. Each Moonbots teams researched the assigned topic, and then used their creativity to package the message in an amusing way. This is just like the research project component of the FLL competition, where teams have to do good research and learn to convey the information effectively in just 5 minutes. MRI is fielding two teams for this competition -- *Pi In The Sky* & *More Rational Than Pi*. The team names are both Pi jokes. Pi is inherently Irrational (meaning it cannot be expressed accurately as a fraction), though there are rational approximations (22/7 etc.). The two teams work together, and yet compete. They playfully poke fun at each other in their videos. *Pi In The Sky* uses the Ukraine crisis as a lead off to a Senate hearing into space launch and servicing vulnerabilities. This provides a perfect backdrop for reviewing the advantages of permanent lunar habitation. The *Pi In The Sky* Video Essay "*Oh! To Be A Lune*" can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJZIkRHGY74 or http://bit.ly/Moonbots1. *More Rational Than Pi's essay, "Luniversity"* is about an imaginary X Prize Competition for the first University to set up a campus on the Moon. At the end of a sleepy history class, the enthusiastic students convince the Dean about the utility and value of lunar habitation. You have to love the sleepers in the class. The *More Rational Than* *Pi* Video Essay "*Luniversity*" can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp35QlGHfiY or http://bit.ly/Moonbots2. You will find a fuller explanation of the respective plots under the About tab of the YouTube videos below. I hope you enjoy the videos and the familiar faces from many FLL Championship tournaments. The top 25 teams worldwide will advance to the finals. *The teams need your support. We would love it if you could share these videos with your friends,* *families, college students, advanced kids who learn to sleep in class before reaching college, teachers, deans and candidates for political office (including head of household), grandparents and other people with time and interest.* *For those who are willing to help the cause of science, please share your favorite videos/shortlinks from this competition to your Facebook page, or share them via your favorite social media platform* *(Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter etc.). It doesn’t have to be our team – helping any Virginia-DC team would be great.* Also, remember to like the videos if they capture your fancy, and leave comments on YouTube. VA Moonbots Teams: *Team* *Location* *Team Link* *Team Video Essay* Lord of the Bricks Mechanicsville, VA *http://moonbots.org/team/lord-bricks <http://moonbots.org/team/lord-bricks>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0UTXyFAGus <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0UTXyFAGus>* RoBoLTZ Luna Lorton, VA *http://moonbots.org/team/roboltz-luna <http://moonbots.org/team/roboltz-luna>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgz2dDyjonQ <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgz2dDyjonQ>* More Rational Than Pi McLean, VA *http://moonbots.org/team/more-rational-pi <http://moonbots.org/team/more-rational-pi>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp35QlGHfiY <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp35QlGHfiY>* Pi In The Sky McLean, VA *http://moonbots.org/team/pi-sky <http://moonbots.org/team/pi-sky>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJZIkRHGY74 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJZIkRHGY74>* FLL World Festival Teams (US): *Team* *Location* *Team Link* *Team Video Essay* Panda-monium Huntsville AL *http://moonbots.org/team/panda-monium <http://moonbots.org/team/panda-monium>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyHBP3wYOnA <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyHBP3wYOnA>* Space Pandas Owens Cross Roads AL *http://moonbots.org/team/space-pandas <http://moonbots.org/team/space-pandas>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwCizvPYxhE <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwCizvPYxhE>* Everyday Heroes Mesa AZ *http://moonbots.org/team/everyday-heroes <http://moonbots.org/team/everyday-heroes>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve-__EJM7so <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve-__EJM7so>* Exit 5 Robotics Livingston NJ *http://moonbots.org/team/exit-5-robotics <http://moonbots.org/team/exit-5-robotics>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-i9eRKXy-E <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-i9eRKXy-E>* Electric Dreams Erie PA *http://moonbots.org/team/electric-dreams <http://moonbots.org/team/electric-dreams>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjlFnVdW0hU <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjlFnVdW0hU>* Technical Difficulties Plano TX *http://moonbots.org/team/technical-difficulties <http://moonbots.org/team/technical-difficulties>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpsGXdEovJY <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpsGXdEovJY>* FLL World Festival Teams (International): *Team* *Location* *Team Link* *Team Video Essay* Nebulans Alexandria, Egypt *http://moonbots.org/team/nebulans <http://moonbots.org/team/nebulans>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzE3NLADQgQ <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzE3NLADQgQ>* Dutch Delta Netherlands *http://moonbots.org/team/dutch-delta <http://moonbots.org/team/dutch-delta>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYSmmH1_vLQ <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYSmmH1_vLQ>* Koolbots Bangalore, India *http://moonbots.org/team/koolbots <http://moonbots.org/team/koolbots>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9aTscqMjH8 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9aTscqMjH8>* Aldebarán Concepción, Chile *http://moonbots.org/team/aldebarán <http://moonbots.org/team/aldebarán>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUcfm9duIrM <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUcfm9duIrM>* DragonBots Chile *http://moonbots.org/team/dragonbots <http://moonbots.org/team/dragonbots>* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAix61xkEE0 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAix61xkEE0>* Currently the MRI teams videos are the two most popular in the entire competition. They have been viewed thousands of times. I hope you find them fun as well. There are many other great teams. You can also search for these teams on YouTube directly or reach them from the Moonbots teams page. Watch and Learn! Best, Nari Narayanan *---------------------------------------------------------- Anant S Narayanan Founder & Executive Director* *McLean Robotics Institute* * McLean VA 22102 **202-421-3826* <202-421-3826> * (cell) **[log in to unmask]* <[log in to unmask]> * -----------------------------------------------------------* -- To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list". -- VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ANNOUNCEMENTS-L. Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-ANNOUNCEMENTS-l.html to subscribe.