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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2025 Registration is Live!

🚀 Attention rocketeers: Registration for the 2025 American Rocketry Challenge is live! This exciting STEM competition invites middle and high school students to design, build, and launch model rockets, providing hands-on experience in solving engineering problems.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: design a rocket that cradles two eggs, oriented on their side, to altitude of 790 feet and a flight duration between 41 and 43 seconds. Read the rules HERE and register below.

Registration will close on December 1st or once 1,000 applications have been submitted, so don’t delay!

Alabama Students Crowned National Champion in World’s Largest Rocketry Challenge

Tharptown High School from Russellville, Alabama earned the title of National Champion at the world’s largest rocketry competition, the American Rocketry Challenge. Tharptown High School bested a record-breaking 922 teams that entered the competition at the start of the year and the top 100 teams competing at National Finals on Sunday, designing, building, and launching a model rocket with greater precision than any other team in the country.

American Rocketry Challenge alum turned NASA Astronaut Warren “Woody” Hoburg joined the thousands of people in attendance. It was a full circle moment for Hoburg as he competed in the National Finals of the inaugural American Rocketry Challenge in 2003 as a member of his high school team.

2024 National Finals Results

See the full results from the 2024 National Finals.

2024 National Finalists Announced!

After months of designing, building, launching, tweaking, launching, tweaking some more, and launching again, the top 100 teams who qualified for the 2024 National Finals have been announced. These teams creativity and ingenuity helped them build rockets that most accurately met this year’s requirements, standing out among a record-breaking 922 teams who entered the competition in 2024.

Read the press release here.

Rocket Contest Alum Travels to International Space Station

On March 2, 2023, American Rocketry Challenge alum Warren “Woody” Hoburg launched to the International Space Station as the mission pilot for a six-month mission as part of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6. Woody participated in the first-ever American Rocketry Challenge in 2003, then known as the Team America Rocketry Challenge, as a North Allegheny High School (Pennsylvania) team member, alongside his brother.

2024 Rules

Check out the 2024 design requirements and get ready to launch. Registration for the 2024 American Rocketry Challenge is open. The registration period will close once the first 1,000 teams submit a completed application, including payment, between June 1 and December 1, 2023.

NASA Space Act Agreement STEM

NASA Space Act Agreement

Built on the shared interest in attracting diverse groups of students to STEM and aerospace, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) announced it signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to inspire the next generation of aerospace and STEM professionals. The agreement will enable AIA to expand upon its award-winning American Rocketry Challenge program to create opportunities that broaden student participation in aerospace and provide connections to NASA’s Artemis program and other NASA missions.

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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