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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2022 National Champions: Newport High School - Team 2

Newport High School Team 2 of Bellevue, WA were crowned National Champion at the world’s largest student rocketry competition – the American Rocketry Challenge. Newport High School had the best score of 99 teams competing at the National Finals, which took place at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA. In total, 724 teams from 41 states competed in the 2022 American Rocketry Challenge. The students will now represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at the Farnborough Airshow outside London in July.

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

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1 week ago
🚀Calling all #rocketeers! Be sure to register for the 2023 American Rocketry Challenge by August 31st in order to save on registration fees. The $125 registration cost will increase to $165 on September 1st. Register for the #rocketcontest today: RocketContest photo
4 weeks ago
Look back on the 2022 American Rocketry Challenge and see the countless smiles, launches, and accomplishments of our teams from this year's competition. Plus, hear from industry pros about our mission to inspire the next generation of rocketeers!🚀 #rocketcontest22
4 weeks ago
📢 Calling all college-bound seniors! Are you:
✅ A 2022 high school graduate
✅ Accepted to a 2 or 4 year college
✅ An active participant in the 2022 American Rocketry Challenge

Apply to the Get Launched Scholarships, Powered by @WeAreHII by 6/20!
4 weeks ago
The photos you've all been waiting for are finally here! Here is the full album of images from the 2022 National Finals:

📸 Be sure to give credit to our fantastic team of photographers!

Photo by Neil Michels
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2 months ago
It's happening! Registration is live for the 2023
@RocketContest. Learn how to compete and sign up today!
2 months ago
Full results for #RocketContest22 are up! See how the top 100 National Finals teams fared, plus the Marketing & Presentation award winners. RocketContest photo

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