UMass Lowell team wins NASA robotics contest

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LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A robot that students from University of Massachusetts-Lowell designed has won a NASA contest.

School officials say the team designed a robot that they operated with a remote control to test its durability and precision on a terrain that mimicked another planet's surface.

The robot was at NASA's Houston training headquarters for the recent competition, as the team controlled the robot remotely from the school's robotics center.

The team's participation came after a $10,000 award from NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace to use in building the rover.

Students also won a $6,000 prize for their victory.

School officials say the team also put together an educational campaign about the contest through social media that helped them win first place.

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