ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association (AFA) has announced today that registration for its StellarXplorers program – the National High School Space Challenge – is open for the 2018-2019 season. High school students involved in any youth organization, including high schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, Scouts, and home-schooled students, may participate.
The Challenge uses space system engineering as the means to inspire and motivate students to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The program has three components: analysis software and training, educational resources, and competition materials. Teams of two to six students compete remotely through four rounds for a chance to earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Finals Competition in April 2019.
StellarXplorers is building a pipeline of STEM talent for the future of government and industry to supplement and succeed an aging STEM workforce. Through participation in the Challenge, students gain experience and confidence in problem solving, analytical skills, teamwork, and leadership. According to the results of a recent survey of previous participants, the students themselves indicate they gained an appreciation of aerospace, enjoyed being on a team, and had fun. 94 percent intend to pursue education and a career in aerospace engineering, based on their experiences in StellarXplorers.
Registration for StellarXplorers V ends on October 13, 2018. To register a team or find more information, visit www.stellarxplorers.org.
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.
SOURCE Air Force Association