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The International Rocketry Challenge is the culmination of four separate competitions held annually around the globe: the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR); the United Kingdom Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) sponsored by ADS, the UK Aerospace, Defense, Security and Space association; and the French Rocketry Challenge sponsored by Groupement des Industries Francaises Aeronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), the French aerospace industries association and the Japanese Rocketry Challenge, sponsored by the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies and the Japan Association of Rocketry.

The Festus High School Rocketry Team of Festus, Mo., which won the Team America Rocketry Challenge in May, will represent the United States in the competition, courtesy of  the Raytheon Company.

Below is an agenda for the Festus High School Rocketry Team’s journey to compete in the International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) at the International Paris Air Show. Please contact Lawrence Mason III for press inquiries or additional information. Specific details of activities for the team while in Paris are available upon request

June 21, 2017: Students land in Paris

June 22, 2017: Presentation component of the IRC Competition

June 23, 2017: IRC Rocket Launches, followed by the awards ceremony

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest rocket contest and the aerospace industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and more than 20 aerospace industry partners, TARC provides middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets in a competition among approximately 5,000 students nationwide each year.  Other partners providing support for the program include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, the American Association of Physics Teachers and The Mars Generation.

TARC was originally conceived as a one-time contest to celebrate the 100th anniversary of flight. After receiving hundreds of requests from students, teachers and parents, AIA and its partners decided to continue the program to challenge students year-in and year-out, with varying in performance specifications. Fifteen years later, TARC is still going strong.

A pool of over $100,000 in scholarships and prizes is shared by the top 10 teams. Raytheon Company sponsors the winning team to participate in an annual International Rocketry Challenge, which alternates each year between the Paris Air Show and the Farnborough International Airshow in London.