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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Registration Deadline EXTENDED for the 2022 American Rocketry Challenge

Are you and your team ready for this year’s challenge? The registration deadline has been extended to December 12, so get signed up ASAP! Teams that are fully registered receive special discounts on altimeters and other parts from our vendor partners, so the sooner you sign up, the more you can save on designing and building your rockets.

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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. Register for the 2022 competition, our 20th(!), and be a part of history.

2022 Challenge Rules

It’s time to get to the drawing boards, the 2022 competition is underway! Check out the brand new design requirements for this year’s Rocket Contest.


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 Farnborough Airshow.

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Thank You To Our Partners

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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