Battle Ground High School AFJROTC Students Participate in National Space Challenge

posted Feb 15, 2018, 11:33 AM by Joe Vajgrt

Battle Ground High School AFJROTC Students Participate in National Space Challenge

February 15, 2018

A team of Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadets from Battle Ground High School is among a select group of teams nationwide that will participate in the fourth annual StellarXplorers National High School Space Competition. Led by Lt. Col. Andy Woodrow and Senior Aerospace Science Instructor and team captain and senior Carson DeRoo, the Tiger Titans is one of just 180 teams nationwide admitted to this national competition.

Early competition rounds take place locally and include education and training to prepare the team. After this initial training, the team takes part in two practice rounds, then three 6-hour online competition rounds where only the top teams qualify for the finals. These top teams receive an all-expense-paid trip the finals in Colorado held in early April.

“I now know there is a lot of activity required to get a satellite and rocket into space,” said freshman Wyatt Moody. “I really enjoyed the teamwork we used to solve the problems.” 

Created by the Air Force Association (AFA), StellarXplorers is designed to inspire and motivate high school students and their educators to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through a challenging space system design competition. Building on AFA’s successful CyberPatriot National Cyber Education Program, StellarXplorers will make an additional and significant positive contribution to STEM education across the nation.

The program is made possible through the support of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s STEM Outreach Office; Analytical Graphics, Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.; OrbitalATK Inc.; and the Space Foundation.