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 for the 2022 American Rocketry Challenge is open!

Are you and your team ready for this year’s challenge? Registration is now open, 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 Sponsors

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

Our Social Media

2 days ago
Today, we are celebrating the Webster City High School Rocketry Team. Follow their journey to the 2022 Rocket Contest @wc_rocketry.

Want your team to be highlighted on our newsletters and Instagram? Submit your pictures and videos in our DMs! #RocketContest22
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3 days ago
Attention: Is your school a Title 1 school? If so, we have a grant program to help your school compete in this year's rocket contest! These grants provide schools with the resources & funds needed to launch a rocketry program. Learn more:
3 days ago
woohoo! look at that rocket go! 🚀🚀
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Great day for some @RocketContest rocket launching!!!! Mrs Thomas and her 8K students doing what they do best. #KSAT360 @SWatsonKSAT @NEISDCTE
4 days ago
We’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary! More than 80,000 students have designed, built, & flown rockets to exact requirements. We can’t wait to see where this year’s competitors will take us. Register for the #RocketContest22 & be a part of history. RocketContest photo
4 days ago
🚀reminder about our webinar with @estesrockets this afternoon!! Don't miss out! There's still time to register
4 days ago
. @estesrockets will be hosting interactive sessions so you can chat with industry experts and get tips to take your model rocketry to the next level. The first live webinar is TOMORROW, OCT. 19TH, at 5pm ET / 2pm PT! RocketContest photo

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