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

925 teams from across the nation are vying to win part of $100,000 in cash prizes and the chance to represent the United States in the International Rocketry Challenge, hosted at the Farnborough Air Show in London, England!

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Competition Updates

COVID-19 Update: TARC 2020 POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

To ensure the health and safety of our rocketeers, mentors, teachers, and their families, the 2020 Qualification Flights deadline and 2020 National Finals are officially postponed and will be roll-over into our 2021 competition.

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NEW Marketing Competition

The American Rocketry Challenge is more than just rockets. It’s about creativity and learning new business and management skills! Join our new marketing competition to help us generate excitement about your team, the Rocketry Challenge, aerospace, and space exploration. The team that creates the best video based on Strength of Message, Creativity, and Editing and Technical Skills will win a guaranteed spot in the finals, $1,000, and more.

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4 days ago
To ensure the health and safety of our rocketeers, mentors, teachers, and their families, the 2020 Qualification Flights deadline and 2020 National Finals are officially postponed and will roll-over into our 2021 competition. More info on our site: https://t.co/dihkJm3rew https://t.co/gkMqrlMBvh RocketContest photo
2 weeks ago
Our 🇫🇷 friends from @BDH_aerospace remember Col. Al Worden🚀 https://t.co/S8DeC3z10x
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MaguKerman @MaguKerman
Triste d'apprendre la mort d'Al Worden 😥. Je l'avais rencontré au Bourget avec @BDH_aerospace dans le cadre du #rocketrychallenge2019 . https://t.co/4LRSHfRvUs
2 weeks ago
Sad news in the #TARC community: Last night, Apollo 15 astronaut Col. Al Worden passed away peacefully. Col. Worden was an inspiration to rocketry teams all over the world, even spending hours hanging out with the team from Madison West at the Paris Air Show. Ad Astra, Al 🚀 https://t.co/T6auu5KZAB RocketContest photo
2 weeks ago
Our top priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the entire #TARC2020 community. Due to the growing number of extended closures, all qualification flight submissions are suspended effective immediately. Read more information in our latest email: https://t.co/I0Cv5OYIMP

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