Today, was the final test. The Narayanan family is leaving town tomorrow for a long visit to India and Europe (both work and vacation). We connected up with the Google Moonbots representative (James) via Skype at about 1:30 in the afternoon. We also showed him our LDD design via Skype screensharing. We told him about our blog and our planned outreach efforts and then he asked to see our rover in action.
We put the computer on top of a ladder so that he could get a good view. He said it was the best view he had had yet (it was his first one, so we are really glad it was his best!). We were happy we were able to share our work with the judges before the Narayanans left town even though we ended up with less time than expected to prepare for Phase II.
The team members also liked the judge’s suggestion that we come back in September and work on the rover missions again. All the team members will continue to work on the blogging and outreach parts of the project in different parts of the galaxy – India, England, the US, Infinity and beyond - through the rest of the summer.We spent the rest of the afternoon uploading and organizing videos and saving and annotating the rover programs, since the coach was not sure that the Internet connection speeds in India would be adequate for video uploading.