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Is your regolith excavator fun enough?

When it comes to your team’s entry in the NASA Regolith Excavation Challenge, is your style overwhelming your substance, or are you dumping your substance all over your style? Answer these ten questions to find out whether your mind is on the outside or the inside of your robot.

1. Your friend calls you asking for a suggestion for the “Come As a Robot” costume party she’s going to tomorrow. You tell her to dress as:

2. In the competition, your robot dug:

3. At your team meetings, you’re responsible for:

4. You joined the Regolith Excavation Challenge because:

5. Your team’s robot looks like:

6. If your team wins the Regolith Excavation Challenge, you’ll:

7. If your team loses the Regolith Excavation Challenge, you’ll:

8. In your opinion, digging regolith on the Moon is:

9. Your team is driving to the Regolith Excavation Challenge, but you can’t agree where to stop for lunch. Finally you say:

10. You plan to apply your Regolith Excavation Challenge experience:

Error: Answer all ten questions

Your score is . You are an:

EXITING EXCAVATOR

You’ve got the style and the way to make your robot look the part. But how cool is your robot going to look when it’s broken down at the side of the regolith pit whilst the other robots are filling their hoppers? People get attached to robots’ appearances, sure, but if they don’t do their job right, who cares how they look? That’s why people like R2-D2, not C-3PO.

EXCAVATION EXPERT

You love digging, and you love looking good. That’s what will make you successful in the challenge of excavating your life, because no matter what the antagonists in various Isaac Asimov stories might say, robots are much like humans. What they excavate is just as important as how they excavate it, and that’s what makes you a winner.

EXCESSIVE EXCAVATOR

Your robot may be a spectacular digging machine, but nobody would know it; they’re all averting their eyes. Just like those cool looking Ferraris, performance just isn’t enough. Once you’ve got your robot doing what it ought to be doing, it’s time to work on its appearance. That’s why Bender has that neat antenna.

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