Tallahassee, Florida -- Student team registration for the 2nd Annual Florida Astronaut Challenge is now open to high school students across the state.

The 2013 competition follows the successful 2012 Florida Astronaut Challenge that took place on May 19 in Tallahassee. The 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.

Seven teams of five will be selected from the top scorers of the regional qualifier competition. The regional qualifier exam will be given at three locations in southern, central and northern Florida. During the qualifier exam, students will be asked to respond to 100 multiple-choice questions based on the Student Astronaut Challenge Manual. Students will compete as a team, taking a different version of the test individually and then one composite score will be produced from the average scores of team members.

Teams that qualify will be invited to contend for first place at the state-level competition on March 8-10, 2013, in Tallahassee, where students will bring their experiments to life using a Mobile NASA Space Shuttle Flight simulator developed and constructed by Florida State University Lab School.

The applicationdeadline for the regional qualifier exam is Friday, Sept. 28.

For additional dates and information about the 2013 Astronaut Challenge and to register with your team, visit Florida's Astronaut Challenge website. Updates may also be found on the Department's Just for Teachers website.

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