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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The World's Largest Student Rocket Contest

Registration for the American Rocketry Challenge is open now through December 13! Learn how your team can compete in this exciting STEM competition.

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Competition Updates

The American Rocketry Challenge Registration EXTENDED Through December 13!

Registration for the 2021 American Rocketry Challenge is open now through December 13, 2020! All teams registered to compete in 2020 will automatically be signed up to compete in 2021.

2021 Title I Grant Program

New to rocketry? The American Rocketry Challenge offers grants to Title I schools to provide resources and initial funding to help launch a rocketry program 

25 grants are available for the 2021 competition, all for schools that have not competed previously in the American Rocketry Challenge. The deadline to apply for a 2021 Title I grant is December 11, 2020. 

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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

4 days ago
You're not the only ones to win awards😉 We're excited to share that the American Rocketry Challenge has received the @NAHF's Spirit of Flight Award! Read more about this amazing achievement: RocketContest photo
5 days ago
On #MLKday, we reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words that still ring true to this day.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
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2 weeks ago
Teams that succeed in the American Rocketry Challenge will give you the same advice: READ THE TEAM HANDBOOK!

If you're ready to succeed, download the #TARC2021 handbook now:
3 weeks ago
In a virtual @airandspace program, @astro_kjell Lindgren was surprised with a visit from his 8th grade teacher! Be sure to check out this inspiring story:

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