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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Thank You For Registering!

Registration for the 2023 American Rocketry Challenge officially closed on December 12th, 2022. We are excited to see all of your hard work this season as you get ready to take to the skies! Read on to prepare for the 2023 challenge:

2023 Challenge Rules

With registration over, it’s time to get to the drawing boards! Check out this year’s design requirements and get ready to launch. Brush up on the 2023 rules to ensure that your team gets your qualification flights submitted by the April 3rd deadline!



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. 

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Celebrating 20 Years in 2022

The 2022 competition represented 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. Learn more about our program’s history below:

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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1 week ago
Weren't able to attend the Estes Education webinar series? No problem! You can rewatch all of the 2023 American Rocketry Challenge training sessions with Dr. Nicole Sjoblom! These trainings are an incredible resource for this year's #rocketchallenge
1 week ago
Our #rocketchallenge teams are registered and ready! The 2023 American Rocketry Challenge is already underway and we are so excited to see all of your hard work. Here are some important dates to keep in mind to make sure that your team stays on track for the season: RocketContest photo
2 weeks ago
The @EAHSrocket club is getting the media buzzing! Check out this article highlighting one of our top teams from the 2022 National Finals. The East Aurora team is gearing up for @StudentLaunch. Best of luck to all of our NASA SLI teams! 🚀"
2 months ago
Registration for the 2023 #RocketChallenge closes TODAY! Be sure to check on the status of your application and submit by 11:59pm EST. Need assistance getting across the finish line? Reach out to rocketcontest and we'll be happy to help: RocketContest photo
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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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