The American Rocketry Challenge

The American Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest with nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing each year. The contest gives middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets and hands-on experience solving engineering problems.

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London, UK (July 22, 2022) – Today, a 10-student team from Newport High School in Bellevue, WA placed second at the International Rocketry Challenge held at the Farnborough International Airshow outside London. The Washington state team, who were representing the United States, finished behind Team Japan, with France and the United Kingdom placing third and fourth, respectively, in the international competition’s triumphant return to flight after the 2020 and 2021 contests were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Full Results of 2022 National Finals

100 teams from 27 states competed for $100,000 in prizes and the title of National Champion at the 2022 National Finals on May 14 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. See where the top 100 teams placed, as well as who won the Presentation and Marketing Competitions.

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Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary

This year’s competition represents our 20 (!) year anniversary. What started off as a one-off competition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of flight, has since become the world’s largest student rocket contest. More than 80,000 students have designed, built, and flown rockets to exacting requirements. We’re thrilled to know so many of them have pursued careers in STEM and we can’t wait to see where this year’s competitors will take us.

2023 Challenge Rules

It’s time to get to the drawing boards, registration for the 2023 competition will soon be underway! Check out the brand new design requirements for this year’s Rocket Contest.


The World's Largest Student Rocket Contest

Compete against hundreds of teams nationally for the chance to win $100,000 in prizes and an all-expenses paid trip to the Farnborough Airshow.

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The American Rocketry Challenge allows me to engage and participate in a nationwide competition while learning and having fun with people that have similar likes and talents.

Kyra Wagner, Team Captain
Webster City, IA

The American Rocketry Challenge provides me the opportunity to give my students an endeavor that fosters curiosity, imagination, and scientific skills in the firmest spirit of collaborative enterprise.

Greg Severino, Teacher
Philadelphia, PA

TARC introduces students to the realities of the real world engineering pursuits, teaching them to attack not just the solvable problems but also face and learn how to mitigate the factors that they do not have control over.

Pavel Pinkas, Mentor
Madison, WI

Our Social Media

7 days ago
Join the American Rocketry Challenge in observing #HispanicHeritageMonth! Year-round, we are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion by supporting all of our rocketry community members. This month we are celebrating our Hispanic and Latino rocketeers! RocketContest photo
2 weeks ago
Congratulations again to our 2022 Marketing Competition winners, Sato Academy! In addition to the cash prize, the Firebreathers collaborated w/ @justinvg to bring their vision of a team logo to life. We hope this 🔥 merch gets you excited for the 2023 season! #rocketcontest2023 RocketContest photo
3 weeks ago
Applications for STEM Innovation grants are open! Are you a Title I school looking to participate in the world's largest #rocketcontest for the first time? You may be eligible for grant funding, free registration, & mentorship. Learn more & apply by 12/1: RocketContest photo
4 weeks ago
"School hasn't started yet," "I can't track down this parent signature," "I've just introduced my students to Rocketry Club!" We hear you! We've extended our $125 registration rate until 11:59pm EST on Sept. 18. Fees increase to $165 9/19! Register today: RocketContest photo
2 months ago
Our Newport Rocketry team met with the @bellevuewa Mayor and City Council upon their return from the International Rocketry Challenge in London! We are so proud of this team and are glad they've returned home safely with their second place international finish! 🌠 #rocketcontest RocketContest photo
2 months ago
🎥Take a look back at last week’s International Rocketry Challenge at @FIAFarnborough. We are grateful for @RaytheonTech's continued support of Team USA & the American Rocketry Challenge. Congrats again, rocketeers! Safe travels home from London! #rocketcontest #rocketcontest22

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