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The Irish are coming to Florida

February 12, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments


CONTACT: Peter Carafano, (850) 245-3700

February 12, 2015

The Irish are coming to Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On February 25th through the 28th Florida State University Schools (FSUS), the K-12 Charter Lab School for Florida State University, will once again sponsor the State of Florida Student Astronaut Challenge. The Astronaut Challenge, which is entering its fourth year, is held at the Kennedy Space Center and is co-sponsored by Florida State University, NASA, the Florida Engineering Foundation and Coaxis. Fifteen teams and four alternate teams (114 students), selected through a regional competition, meet to compete in three STEM based events. The most popular event consisting of teams performing the pre-flight operation, launch, orbit and landing of the Space Shuttle Enterprise mobile flight simulator that was designed, constructed and operated by FSUS.

This year FSUS, working with Coaxis, a local business, has invited a high school team from Dublin, Ireland, to fly to the United States and compete in this year’s competition. The focus of this international partnership is to help the teachers leading this Irish team develop the foundation for a similar program to support her countries development of their ability to promote STEM education. For more information please contact:

Peter Carafano, M.Ed.
Associate Professor, Science Department
Astronauts Challenge Program Director
Florida State University Schools
(850) 245-3700

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