A Tallahassee high school team is competing this week in the finals of the Florida Astronaut Challenge at the Kennedy Space Center, thanks to their skills and some help from Florida-based Harris Corporation.

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Trent Walker (left) and Justin Golabek simulate the landing of a Space Shuttle at Kennedy Space Cent ...

Trent Walker (left) and Justin Golabek simulate the landing of a Space Shuttle at Kennedy Space Center as part of the Student Astronaut Challenge at the KSC Visitors Center Feb. 16. The students were part of a team from St. John Paul II Catholic High School in Tallahassee, Florida, which was sponsored by Harris Corporation. The team was among 15 finalists to take part in the high school division of the competition that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. (Photo: Business Wire)

Harris is sponsoring the St. John Paul II Catholic High School's Aerospace Engineering Club, which is competing among 14 other Florida schools in four space-themed events Feb. 15-17. The Florida Astronaut Challenge is an annual event that enables high school students to show off their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills through team-based challenges, particularly in aerospace science.

Harris sponsored the team as part of its STEM outreach. To help foster the next generation of innovators, Harris invests heavily in time and resources to support STEM education at all levels. Over the past 10 years, Harris has contributed more than $22 million to educational institutions in support of STEM-related education, and employees have volunteered more than 11,000 hours in STEM-related outreach - impacting 37,000 students.

About Harris Corporation

Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers' toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems and Electronic Systems. Learn more at harris.com.

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