William Flood – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Thursday, Oct. 31 the window for the first Qualifying StellarXplorers competition opened.
The event was held on Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 at the LRHS library.
The competition consists of an academic quiz as well as a simulation software called STK.
The STK has the teams simulate orbit paths around the earth so they can compete to make the best orbit paths possible for the satellites. The academic quiz on the other hand, consists of their knowledge of physics, space exploration history and important figures in physics and Astronomy.
This was the first completion held by StellarXplorers at LRHS. Inside of StellarXplorers there are two teams, Flood and Ramsden, that competed nationally against each other and teams from other schools.
The First team competed on Thursday and team member David Dinh said, “I think we did pretty good. I think we improved from our practice round which we took earlier this month.”
Dinh also said, “The hardest part was the preparation because it’s a hard learning curve for the program to get through.”
Teams had a six-hour window to compete on the software and 30 minutes for the academic quiz.
Ramsden said, “The hardest part about preparing for the competition is you won’t know what you going to get beforehand, but the resources, like the practice competitions, definitely help with that.”