ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association (AFA) today announced that StellarXplorers, AFA's National High School Space Competition registered 132 teams in the third season of competition. Of the 132 teams, an impressive increase from the 27 registered for StellarXplorers II, 30 states and two overseas Department of Defense Installations are represented.
StellarXplorers Program Director Stephen Gourley said, "The response to our third season has been tremendous. The number and broad geographic scope of the teams registered are a testament to the attractiveness of space endeavors and the fun of competition. We are thrilled to offer such an exciting and engaging program for our youth."
The StellarXplorers program is designed to inspire and attract high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers through hands-on learning about technology, emphasizing teamwork and leadership, and exercising critical-thinking skills.
StellarXplorers is sponsored by the US Air Force STEM Program, DoD STEM Program, United Launch Alliance, Orbital ATK, Kratos Defense, and SpaceX, as well as additional educational support of AGI, CEI, and the Space Foundation.
The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.
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SOURCE Air Force Association