A student team from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science competed in the space-focused StellarXplorers National Competition in April at the Space Center Houston in Texas.
The team, named STLX08-0057, competed with the top 10 national teams during an eight-hour challenge consisting of designing satellites, configuring a constellation of satellites and managing the launch operation for the mission. The goal of the challenge was to support communication between the Earth and all sides of the Moon. The team consisted of juniors Liam Imagawa, Daniel Bravo, Manan Tuteja and John Ryu Adams.
The participating students are part of the Project Lead the Way Aerospace Engineering course at CAMS, which prepares four student teams to compete in the Air Force Association (AFA) StellarXplorers competition. The AFA partners with leaders in the U.S. space industry to inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.
“Despite the difficulty of the challenges given to us by StellarXplorers, we overcame them together. StellarXplorers made us realize that teamwork makes the dream work,” team captain Manan Tuteja said.
This year, all four CAMS teams advanced to the semi-finals in February. STLX08-0057 advanced to the national competition by scoring the highest score nationally in the semifinals.
“StellarXplorers was a fresh and engaging competition for my students. It introduced them to topics they had never seen with a depth and authenticity that propelled them forward,” shared Teacher Theodore Harder. “My students can now articulate their interest in orbit planning, satellite design and launch operations. They present themselves like young professionals.”
Visit stellarxplorers.org to learn more about the AFA StellarXplorers Space STEM Program.