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

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.


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 rolle-over into our 2021 competition.

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Anyone else wish they were walking in space right now?? 🙋🙋‍♂️
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With over 900 teams and 5,000 rocketeers across the country, social media allows us to see your launches in real time and build an incredible online community! And of course it's all made possible by #aerospace technology that you'll soon help create.😉 #WorldSocialMediaDay RocketContest photo
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Maybe rocketeers at the #TARC2021 National Finals can visit the Mary W. Jackson @NASA Headquarters!😉🚀
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NASA’s Headquarters will be named the Mary W Jackson NASA Headquarters. Mary Jackson was @NASA's first African-American female engineer. She elevated America’s space program & led towards inclusion. Looking forward to holding a formal naming ceremony soon.
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