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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Registration for the 2022 American Rocketry Challenge is open!

Are you and your team ready for this year’s challenge? Registration is now open, so get signed up ASAP! Teams that are fully registered receive special discounts on altimeters and other parts from our vendor partners, so the sooner you sign up, the more you can save on designing your rockets.

2022 Challenge Rules

It’s time to get to the drawing boards, the 2022 competition is underway! Check out the brand new design requirements for this year’s Rocket Contest.


Check Out All the 2021 Winners

After a year of virtual competitions, the American Rocketry Challenge and its teams marked 2021 as our return to flight! See who placed in the top 5, who claimed the best in launch site awards, and who won the marketing and presentation competitions.

The World's Largest Student Rocket Contest

Registration for the 2021 American Rocketry Challenge is now closed. Learn how your team can compete in this exciting STEM competition next year!

Learn more about the American Rocketry Challenge

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Thank You To Our 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

Our Social Media

2 weeks ago
‼️ Calling all middle & high school students across the country, registration for the world's largest rocket contest is OPEN! It's our 20th anniversary and this year is slated to be bigger and better than ever #TARC2022
3 weeks ago
It's September 1, and that can only mean one thing: Registration for the 2022 @RocketContest is officially open! #TARC2022

Register today:
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3 weeks ago
The rocket contest is hiring! We're looking for a program manager and intern to help us develop the next generation of #STEM leaders. Apply here:
1 month ago
Join us TODAY at 3:30 PM EST for our Kerbal Rocketry Challenge Awards Ceremony! We have Chad Davis from Northrop Grumman to speak about the HALO program and how this year's challenge parallels his work with NASA's Cislunar Gateway.
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1 month ago
Tune into the @KerbalSpaceP Rocketry Challenge Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 16 at 3:30PM ET to find out who is taking home $4,500 in prizes. RocketContest photo
2 months ago
👀 TODAY at 4pm ET: Meet the @KerbalSpaceP team and snag some tips for successfully executing this year's challenge
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🚀 Join the developers of @KerbalSpaceP for a virtual Q&A covering everything you need to know about the game & this year’s Kerbal Rocketry Challenge. July 22 at 4pm ET/1pm PT. RSVP here:

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