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 1! Learn how your team can compete in this exciting STEM competition.

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Competition Updates

The American Rocketry Challenge Registration is Now Open!

Registration for the 2021 American Rocketry Challenge is open now through December, 1, 2020! All teams registered to compete in 2020 will automatically be signed up to compete in 2021.

Team’s that register for the rocket contest before October 31, 2020 will receive 30% off all merchandise in the American Rocketry Challenge online store.

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. 

Thank You To Our Sponsors & Partners

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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We love learning more about our teams' success stories🚀 Not only has @HseElPaso made it to National Finals several times, they've been featured in several local news stories! Check it out:
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As the name suggests, the American Rocketry Challenge can be quite...challenging. That's why our team developed an entire suite of online #STEM resources to help you go from rocketry rookie to National Champion! Check it out:
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. @cvhsaero is ready for launch in @NASA's @StudentLaunch Initiative, after placing 4th and 5th in #TARC2019. We're so proud of our teams and their continued success! Read more:
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Teams that qualify for the American Rocketry Challenge National Finals in May can win a part of over $100,000 in prizes, and the top 25 teams receive an invitation to compete in @NASA's @StudentLaunch Initiative! Learn how you can compete today:
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For rocket scientist, CEO, & pioneer @SylviaAcevedo, seeing her first rocket pierce the blue sky gave her the confidence that she could excel in #STEM. Now it's your turn! Learn how you can compete in the world's largest student rocket contest:
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How is your team recruiting new members to join the American Rocketry Challenge? Our 2020 Marketing Competition winners, @oregonepiscopal Aerospace, just launched a new website! Check it out: #TARC2021 RocketContest photo

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