2018 Regional Competition
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Student Astronaut Challenge
Regional Competition
General Rules and Procedures

 

Mission Statement

The Student Astronaut Challenge is an open, nonprofit event that is dedicated to providing schools with the ability to foster interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This contest promotes creativity, teamwork, the understanding and application of STEM subjects, and the sharing of ideas.

 

Registration and Eligibility for the Regional Competition

 

1.1 Regional Competition

The regional qualifier will be held in South, Central and North Florida. The regional qualifier will consist of a 100 multiple choice question test based on the Student Astronaut Challenge manuals. Students will compete as a five person team, each individually taking a different version of the test and then the team score will be calculated as the average score of the team members. The student textbooks can be found in the Reference Material Section.on the website.

For grades 9-12, fifteen teams will be selected to participate in the high school state competition held at the Kennedy Space Center in February. Twelve teams (three from the North region, four from the Central region and five from the South region) will be selected based on their regional score. The remaining three “wildcard” teams will be selected from 1) the top scorers’ state-wide that were not selected, 2) qualifiers from other states, and 3) international qualifiers. For grades 6-8, twelve teams will be selected to participate in the state competition held at the Kennedy Space Center in February. Four teams will be selected from each region based on their regional score.

In the state competition teams will compete in events that focus on the demonstration of knowledge and understanding of the field of aerospace science as well as problem solving skills and performance within a space shuttle flight simulator.

 

1.2 Eligibility and Teams

This competition was developed for middle and secondary educational institutions. Any high school and middle school may enter this competition whether they are public or private. This competition is not limited to Florida schools only but is open to any school that wishes to participate.

All teams are limited to five members. All five members must be present to test on the day of the regional qualifier. If a team member is not present the remaining team members may test but the missing member will be assigned a grade of zero for the team average.

All members of the team must be attending the school they represent. Homeschool students may participate through their local school district or a private school. Although each team is restricted to five members it is recommended that each team have an alternate available in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

1.3 Multiple Entries

There is no restriction on the number of teams that may register for the regional competition from any single school. Each team must pay a separate registration fee for the regional competition.

1.4 Registration

Registration for the Student Astronaut Challenge Regional Competition is available only on-line through the contest website. We will accept registration applications from 12:01 a.m. on August 17th, 2016 until 11:59 p.m. on September 26th, 2016. For further details check the Contest Website http://astronautchallenge.com/

  1. Go to the registration web site and access the registration page.
  2. Fill in all of the required information; ensure your contact e-mail address is correct.
  3. Make sure you register for either the High School or Middle School competition.
  4. Make sure you register for the appropriate region; please refer to the region map.
  5. The contact person provided on the form will receive email confirmation of your successful pre-registration within three days.
  6. Mail the registration payment
  7. The contact person provided on the form will receive email confirmation of your successful registration once your registration fee has been received.

1.4.1 Registration Deadline

You must register for the contest between 12:01 a.m. on August 17th, 2016 and 11:59 p.m. on September 26th, 2016; otherwise your team will not be in the regional competition. There are no exceptions therefore we recommend you register early!

1.5 Fees

A non-refundable registration fee of $50.00 is required for each team entered into the regional competition. The fee must be received prior to regional competition day. If you want to enter more than one team you may combine the regional competition registration fees.

All checks must be made out to Student Astronaut Challenge. Remember registration fees are non-refundable. Mail checks to:

Student Astronaut Challenge
3000 Schoolhouse Rd.
Tallahassee, Fl. 32311

1.6 Testing Locations, Dates, and Schedule

All members of each team must test at the same location. Teams may test at any of the three regional testing sites however their team score will only be evaluated for the finals in the region their school is in.

Application deadline for Regional Qualifier
Regional Qualifier Competition September 30, 2017
  • South Florida Location - Pompano Beach High School, 600 NE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach FL, 33060
  • Central Florida Location - University High School, 2450 Cougar Way, Orlando FL 32817
  • North Florida Location - Florida High School, 3000 Schoohouse Road, Tallahassee, Fl. 32311
Notification of the State Competition Teams TBD

 

1.7 Test Scoring and Results

The regional competition will consist of a 100 multiple choice question test based on the Student Astronaut Challenge manuals. Students will compete as a five person team, each individually taking a different version of the test and then the team score will be calculated as the average score of the team members.

All tests will use a “Scantron” style answer form and will be electronically graded. The test will begin promptly at 9:00 AM and students will be required to bring a number 2 pencil. Students will be given 90 minutes to take the exam. Since this is a voluntary competition based exam additional time will not be permitted for any reason and no modifications can be provided for testing. No reference material or electronic devices will be permitted at the regional testing site and no calculators will be needed.

After each team is scored they will be ranked according to their average composite score by region. Only one team, from any single school, may qualify for the state competition. Any team not qualifying for a designated regional slot will be eligible for selection as a "wild card" team, unless another team from the same school qualified in their region.

The final ranking for the Regional Competition will be posted, by region, on the Astronaut Challenge website: www.astronautchallenge.com

The Student Astronaut Challenge DOES NOT publish scores or provide feedback on individual student/team performance. Please do not contact the competition staff requesting this information, no exceptions will be made. After all test scores are verified, all tests are kept on file for fourteen days and then immediately destroyed. Only authorized Student Astronaut Challenge staff members are permitted to view completed testing material.

 

1.8 Qualification Districts