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Florida High Students To Compete

For Immediate Release                                                             

Press Office – DOE

Friday, May 18, 2012                                                                                                                                                          

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN

STATE OF FLORIDA ASTRONAUT CHALLENGE

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Education (DOE) in partnership with Walt Disney World Resort, Florida State University Schools, Coaxis International and the Challenger Learning Center will host the first-ever State of Florida Astronaut Challenge on Saturday, May 19, in Tallahassee. High school students from across the state will participate in the STEM-focused competition designed to test their knowledge of space shuttle operations, engineering, launch, orbit and landing of the Space Shuttle “Enterprise” flight simulator.

WHAT:                       State of Florida Astronaut Challenge

WHEN:                       Saturday, May 19, 2012; 5:00 p.m. – awards ceremony, photo and video opportunities with the flight simulator and contestants

WHERE:                     Challenger Learning Center; 200 South Duval Street; Tallahassee, FL 32301

About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.

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