Student team registration for the third-annual Florida Student Astronaut Challenge is now open to high school students (grades 9 through 12). This three-day event focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics provides an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge through a series of team-oriented experiments and challenges.

To participate, teams must register to take the regional qualifier exam by Friday, September 27. The exam will be given at three locations in southern, central and northern Florida on Saturday, October 12. The 12 highest scoring, five-person teams that qualify will be invited to compete for first place at the state-level competition on March 7-9, 2014, organized by NASA at the Kennedy Space Center.

The three-day competition will include mobile space shuttle simulations, flight operation problem solving, International Space Station operation experiments, Astronaut Encounters and a viewing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

For additional dates and information about the 2014 Astronaut Challenge and to register your team, visit Florida’s Student Astronaut Challenge website at