CAP has scored its first top three finish in the Air Force Association’s national STEM competition, StellarXplorers, as the third time proved the charm for the Oregon Wing’s second-place Aurora Composite Squadron.
The team earned its third finals berth, having participated in the overall field four times in the six years the event has been held. This year’s competition began with 213 high school teams, including 13 from CAP units.
The National Finals Competition, originally scheduled to be held this month at Houston Space Center, was changed to be a virtual event in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nationwide shelter-in-place restrictions, however, led to the StellarXplorers Program Office’s decision to recognize the top teams from the semifinal round as the overall winners of the competition.