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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The World's Largest Student Rocket Contest

The American Rocketry Challenge’s 2020 competition is postponed until 2021. All teams registered to compete in 2020 will automatically be signed up to compete next year. New teams can sign up to compete starting September 1, 2020.

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Competition Updates

Introducing the Kerbal Rocketry Challenge!

We’ve teamed up with Private Division, publishers of the hit astrophysics and aerospace video game, Kerbal Space Program, to bring you a new virtual contest with $6,000 in prizes.

The Kerbal Rocketry Challenge puts you and your team at the helm of a new aerospace company, tasked with recreating one of our world’s greatest achievements: a crewed lunar landing. All teams registered to compete in the 2020 American Rocketry Challenge are eligible to receive a copy of the game and compete in the Kerbal Rocketry Challenge.

2020 Virtual Competition Winners Announced

This year, the American Rocketry Challenge featured three virtual competitions: our Presentation, Marketing, and Engineering Notebook Competitions. After months of hard work, the winners have been announced! Go take a look at our teams’ hard work, and see what it takes to be some of the best young rocket scientists in the United States.

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Kerbals may be smaller than the average American Rocketry Challenge rocketeer, but they still made it into our Rockets on the Hill group photo! Can you spot all the @KerbalSpaceP Kerbals in the photo?

Read more about the Kerbal Rocketry Challenge: https://t.co/I5WDMo2mDB https://t.co/T4gMahBd8C
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Let's show the KSP Community why we're the world's largest (and best😉) rocket contest. Whether it is model rockets or virtual rockets, we know you're going to crush it! https://t.co/Fpu3lRoyje
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We know we just announced the partnership with @KerbalSpaceP...but it's like the Kerbalnauts have been here allllll alonggggg. Be sure to read about the exciting new Kerbal Rocketry Challenge on our site: https://t.co/I5WDMo2mDB https://t.co/cg0Qu0kH9h RocketContest photo
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Things every #TARC2020 team needs to hear:
🚀 You're amazing
🚀 You're brilliant
🚀 You're the future of #aerospace & #STEM
🚀 You're getting free copies of @KerbalSpaceP to compete in a new (virtual) rocket contest

Explore the new Kerbal Rocketry Challenge, launching July 13:
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Introducing the #KERBAL ROCKETRY CHALLENGE! We're partnering with @KerbalSpaceP to bring you a new kind of rocket contest. All registered #TARC2020 teams are eligible to receive a FREE COPY of the game to compete. Registration opens July 13. Check it out! https://t.co/f9Nf0Kq3J4
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Anyone else wish they were walking in space right now?? 🙋🙋‍♂️ https://t.co/a3e9HWLkeb

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