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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Kerbal Rocketry Challenge Q&A with Developers

We brought the developers of Kerbal Space Program to answer your questions about the challenge. Not only that, but they gave our viewers exclusive advice on how to win the competition.

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The in-person 2021 competition may be over, but this year’s competition continues online with the second annual Kerbal Rocketry Challenge! It’s your chance to compete for $4,500 in prizes.

Oregon Episcopal School Crowned National Champion

615 teams competed in the 2021 American Rocketry Challenge, but only one took home the title of National Champion. Congratulations Oregon Episcopal School! The team also won Best in Launch Site for Pasco, WA and Best First Time National Finals Team.

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.

2022 Challenge Rules Released

Now that the rocket flying for 2021 is done, it’s time to get ready for 2022! With brand new design requirements, teams need to hit the drawing boards and get ready for the 2022 competition.


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!

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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

Our Social Media

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👀 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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🚀 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: RocketContest photo
1 month ago
Check out all of this year's American Rocketry Challenge Award Winners, who are taking home $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $26,000 for the 2021 National Champions, Oregon Episcopal School! #TARC2021
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Congratulations to American Rocketry Challenge 5th Place team:

Russellville City Schools, Team 1 from Russellville, AL
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Best in Launch Site Awards, recognizing the teams who placed first at one of 10 National Finals launch sites across the country
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Congrats to our photo contest winners:
📷Most Inspiring Group Photo: John Champe High School
📷Most Imaginative Team Costume: The Lawrenceville School
📷Most Creative Photo with Launch Site Flag: STARBASE Los Alamitos
📷Most Dynamic Rocket Photo: Vector Space
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