Eight top-scoring, high-school teams have qualified through regional competitions to contend for first place at the state-level Florida Department of Education’s Student Astronaut Challenge competition on March 8-10, 2013 in Tallahassee. These teams will participate in four rounds of competition and bring their experiments to life using a Mobile NASA Space Shuttle Flight simulator developed and constructed by Florida State University Lab School. The invited teams include Archimedean Upper Conservatory, Suncoast High , South Plantation High, Central Florida Aerospace Academy, Vanguard High School, two teams from Chiles High School and the returning 2012 winners from Pompano Beach High School.
Florida’s Astronaut Challenge is an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge of Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM), through a series of team-oriented experiments and challenges. The chosen seven high-school teams (grades 9 through 12) were selected from the top scorers of regional qualifier competitions that were given at three locations in southern, central and northern Florida. During the qualifier exam, students were asked to respond to 100 multiple-choice questions based on the Student Astronaut Challenge Manual. Students competed as a five-person team, taking a different version of the test individually and then one composite score was produced from the average scores of team members.
The 2013 competition follows the successful 2012 Florida Astronaut Challenge that took place on May 19 in Tallahassee. For additional information about the 2013 Astronaut Challenge, visit Florida’s Astronaut Challenge website. Updates may also be found on the Department’s Just for Teachers website.