The University of North Dakota RAPTOR (Robot Automated for the Procurement and Transport of Regolith) team has been participating in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition since 2010, held at the Kennedy Space Center each year. The team consists of students from Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering departments at UND. Along with designing a robot to mine regolith on the Moon, Mars, an asteroid, or other planetary body, each team completes outreach activities to encourage K-12 students to pursue a STEM career. The team also serves as mentors for the local First Lego League Tournament. Advisors for the team are Dr. Jeremiah Neubert and Dr. Naima Kaabouch.
For more information on the competition, see the NASA website here.