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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It's time to name a winner! Register now for the Kerbal Rocketry Challenge LIVE award ceremony, happening on Monday, August 17th at 3PM ET.
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If you're curious how Kerbal Rocketry Challenge judging is going...we're having a wonderful time thanks to these save file names. https://t.co/CHO8fSCBcu RocketContest photo
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Talk about a @KerbalSpaceP set up! @ColbertCounty4H is having a blast competing in the Kerbal Rocketry Challenge.🚀

Be sure to submit your entry in the rocket contest portal by August 9th: https://t.co/4FHhrr0bwb https://t.co/0hUY77YySn
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Competing in the Kerbal Rocketry Challenge? Download our "mission flag" pack, featuring the logos of our incredible #TARC2020 sponsors! You must use one of these flags in your final submission: https://t.co/pC2PAYf5sI https://t.co/jszf1l7Kzc RocketContest photo
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We've received a lot of questions about the Kerbal Rocketry Challenge and some beyond creative ideas...so we've tried to answer those in our updated rules document! Check out these clarifying points to help you on your mission:
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Ready, set, LAUNCH! Check your email rocketeers - you should have just received your access codes for @KerbalSpaceP & the official rules for the Kerbal Rocketry Challenge! https://t.co/XadY70c2AH RocketContest photo

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