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A Select Team
of Pre Engineering students are chosen to participate in an annual statewide Lunar Roving Robot Competition at the United States Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

Program Objectives
  • Design, build and navigate an original lunar-roving robot
  • Design and build a lunar landscape
  • Acquire research skills
  • Learn about careers in space technology and other technical areas
  • Work with practicing scientists and engineers
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Acquire long-range planning skills
  • Work in a collaborative learning environment
  • Compete with teams from other schools
  • Develop an awareness of the individual's ability to grasp technical concepts, thereby increasing self-esteem
  • Develop skill necessary to adapt to a changing workforce

In 1997,
ten Pre-Engineering students were selected to participate in the contest to design and build a Lunar Roving Robot sponsored by The Air Force Institute of Technology and  the Ohio Space Grant Consortium. Competing with rovers from school districts throughout the state, The University of Akron Pre Engineering team placed first in the state of Ohio.