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.


The World's Largest Student Rocket Contest

The American Rocketry Challenge’s 2020 competition is postponed until 2021. All teams registered to compete in 2020 will automatically be signed up to compete next year. New teams can sign up to compete starting September 1, 2020.

Learn more about the TARC 2020 Postponement

Competition Updates

Ask an Engineer Webinar Series

Featuring a retired NASA astronaut and some of the most brilliant engineers on the planet, our “Ask an Engineer” webinar series is your chance to ask some of the most fascinating people in the aerospace industry howΒ your work in the American Rocketry Challenge will come in handy while building rockets that will carry the next astronauts to the Moon, Mars, and beyond!Β 

This is an exclusive event for registered TARC 2020 teams.


To ensure the health and safety of our rocketeers, mentors, teachers, and their families, the 2020 Qualification Flights deadline and 2020 National Finals are officially postponed and will be roll-over into our 2021 competition.

Visit our FAQ to learn more.

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Looking forward to when we can get back together for more Lincoln Rocketry Launches. #TARC21
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It's time to name some winners! Join us Monday, June 1 at 3PM ET as we announce the winners of the Marketing, Presentation, and Engineering Notebook Competitions! Register here:
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We KNOW you have questions about Saturday's @NASA @Commercial_Crew launch. Be sure to join today's @AirandSpace Live Chat to ask the experts:
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Smithsonian's STEM in 30 @STEMin30
The launch got scrubbed yesterday, but the @airandspace Live Chat will go on. What questions do you have about Saturday's crewed launch? Tune in at 1:00 ET to ask our panel of experts including astronaut Alvin Drew, and mission controller Wayne Hale!
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Dang and we thought Rockets on the Hill was cool...
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Smithsonian Archives @SmithsonianArch
In honor of today’s historic launch at @NASAKennedy, check out these photos of Smithsonian’s β€œRocket Row” outside of the Arts and Industries Building in the 1960s. #LaunchAmerica
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SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Josephine N. from @NAZ_Pandas leaves the American Rocketry Challenge with real-world engineering experience, problem solving skills, and some incredible friendships! Check it out on our blog:

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