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Team Outreach Program

Again this season, a 101st spot at the National Finals will be awarded to the team that excels at spreading the word about the Team America Rocketry Challenge to their peers and community.

Here is how it works:

Mission:

Spread the word about TARC, about the National Association of Rocketry, and about how awesome science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be.

Execution:

Use mass contact, recruitment, education and anything else you can come up with to promote TARC, rocketry and STEM learning.

Scoring:

Team outreach efforts will be evaluated holistically by a panel of judges drawn from TARC educational partners and sponsors. Teams will be evaluated in four areas, with each area equally weighted.

Quality:

How substantively did you engage with your audience? Getting ten people to show up to a rocket-building demonstration will be worth more than tweeting to ten followers.

Reach:

How many people did your outreach efforts contact? How many times did you reach them?

Impact:

What happened as a result of your outreach efforts? Did you convince a new team to join TARC? Did you interest elementary school students in rocketry? Did your school superintendent come to watch your qualification flight?

Creativity:

In what new and novel ways did you spread the word?
Have fun with your outreach!

how to apply:

  1. Document your activities throughout the year. If you’re covered in a local paper, keep a copy of the article. If you give a presentation, record it or save a copy of your notes or power point slides, and make note of the kind of audience and how many people attended.
  2. Fill out this application form.
  3. Send us the application form, along with whatever documentation you collected over the course of the year. Where necessary, include a brief description of how an event met each of the four judging criteria.

You can submit your application to us either by email (rocketcontest@aia-aerospace.org) or by mailing it to:

Miles Lifson
Aerospace Industries Association
1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1700
Arlington, Virginia 22209 USA

There is no specific form or required length for your application. We just want to get a sense of your outreach efforts. In the past teams have submitted videos, press clippings, newsletter articles, and more.

Make sure to submit your application so that it is received no later than March 3, 2017.

Prizes

The team with the best TARC Outreach Program score that submitted a valid qualifying score (sorry DQs do not count) but did not make the top 100 teams by flight score will earn a spot to compete in the National Finals—and will be eligible to compete for prize money just like all the other teams.

We will also award a prize at the National Finals to the team with the best overall outreach program. Teams in the top 100 are eligible for this award too.

For more information and suggestions on how to get started, check out appendix 6 of the 2017 TARC Handbook.

Have questions? Email us at Rocketcontest@aia-aerospace.org.