Air Force STEM supports StellarXplorers

Air Force STEM supports StellarXplorers

The StellarXplorers III National Champion is the Sky Dragons Team from San Pedro, CA

Ten national finalist teams representing schools and other organizations from Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Oregon, Texas and Kaiserslautern (Germany) competed in the StellarXplorers III National Finals.

Students were required to define an optimal satellite orbit, choose spacecraft components, and select rocket boosters to meet a stringent set of mission requirements in an intense eight-hour period. The next day, teams were required to present a scored briefing about their solution to a panel of experts.

The StellarXplorers III National Champion is the "Sky Dragons" team from San Pedro High School, San Pedro, CA. The "Scintillators" from the Kaiserslautern American High School from Kaiserslautern, Germany, finished in second place, followed by the "Rocketeer Steers" of Graham High School, Graham, TX. Each student in these teams received educational grants, sponsored by the United States Air Force science, technology, education and math (STEM) Program and United Launch Alliance.

Congratulations to these outstanding young men and women and we look forward to seeing all of the teams in StellarXplorers IV. Registration will open on 1 May 2017.

STELLARXPLORERS inspires and attracts high school students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through a challenging, space system design competition involving all aspects of system development and operation with a spacecraft/payload focus.

Who can participate? Teams can come from any high school (including home schools), JROTC, CAP, School Clubs, Boy/Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, or any organized youth organization. Teams consist of an adult Team Director (usually a teacher) and two to six students. Team Mentors with space experience are encouraged to assist in-person or via the internet; the Program can facilitate finding mentors. Total cost is a nominal $200 fee payable by 15 December, with waivers available to Title I schools upon request.