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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2023 Registration is Open

Ready to take to the skies? Register for the world’s largest student rocket competition and gain valuable hands-on engineering experience! Registering early for the competition gives your team access to our STEM webinars, newsletters, and program updates.

2023 Challenge Rules

It’s time to get to the drawing boards, registration for the 2023 competition closes December 12, 2022! Check out this year’s design requirements and register today.



London, UK (July 22, 2022) – Today, a 10-student team from Newport High School in Bellevue, WA placed second at the International Rocketry Challenge held at the Farnborough International Airshow outside London. The Washington state team, who were representing the United States, finished behind Team Japan, with France and the United Kingdom placing third and fourth, respectively, in the international competition’s triumphant return to flight after the 2020 and 2021 contests were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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.

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 Paris 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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There's less than a week left to secure your spot in the 2023 #rocketchallenge! Be sure to get your registration submitted by 11:59pm EST on 12/12! This is also the deadline for new, Title I Schools to apply for our STEM Innovation Grants. Register at: RocketContest photo
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We hear you & we're extending our registration window until Dec. 12th! The clock is ticking so don't miss out on the world's largest #rocketchallenge and a shot at $100,000 in cash prizes! All apps must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on 12/12 to participate: RocketContest photo
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Submit your team's 2023 American Rocketry Challenge registration by December 1st to participate in this year's #rocketchallenge Presentation and Marketing Competitions! Our top winners take home cash prizes, awards, and custom merch! Sign up here: RocketContest photo
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It's as easy as 1,2,3 team members to register by the 12/1 deadline! After submitting, you can still add members up until your first qual flight & drop at any time for a minimum of 3 and max of 10 members. Don't forget the permission slips! Add/drop here: RocketContest photo
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STEM Innovation grant applications close on Dec 1! Are you a school-wide Title I school looking to join the #rocketchallenge for the first time? Don't miss out on applying for grant funding, free registration, & mentorship. Learn more & apply by 12/1: RocketContest photo
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Do you want a sneak peek of an out-of-this-world film? In support of @PrimeVideo’s #GoodNightOppy, we are providing some lucky #rocketchallenge registrants early streaming access before the 11/23 release! Submit your app by 11/16 to enter our giveaway: RocketContest photo

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