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Teams that qualify for The American Rocketry Challenge National Finals in May have the chance to win a part of over $100,000 in prizes!

2019 National Finals Awards – New Prizes for 2020 Coming Soon!

1st Place – Trophy + $20,000.00 for the team | $1,000.00 for the school
2nd Place – Trophy + $15,000.00 for the team | $1,000.00 for the school
3rd Place – Trophy + $12,500.00 for the team | $1,000.00 for the school
4th Place – Trophy + $10,000.00 for the team | $1,000.00 for the school
5th Place – Trophy + $7,500.00 for the team | $1,000.00 for the school
6th Place – Trophy + $5,000.00 for the team | $1,000.00 for the school
7th Place – Trophy + $5,000.00 for the team | $1,000.00 for the school
8th Place – Trophy + $5,000.00 for the team | $1,000.00 for the school
9th Place – Trophy + $5,000.00 for the team | $1,000.00 for the school
10th Place – Trophy + $5,000.00 for the team | $1,000.00 for the school

The top 25 teams each year receive an invitation to participate in NASA’s Student Launch Initiative to continue their exploration of rocketry with high-powered rockets and challenging mission parameters.

The winning team receives an all-expense paid trip to represent the United States in the International Rocketry Challenge, hosted at the Farnborough International Air Show in 2020. At the IRC, you have the chance to take on the United Kingdom, Japan and France.


Special Awards

AIA Outreach Award – Plaque + $500 for the team

Each year AIA and judges from our partner organization select a team that excels at spreading the word about The American Rocketry Challenge to their peers and community. To learn more about the Outreach Competiton, click here.

AIA/NAR Engineering Notebook Award – Plaque + $500

AIA and the NAR encourage all teams to practice their engineering fundamentals and documents their design cycle and testing for The American Rocketry Challenge. Every team is eligible to submit an engineering notebook and win this prize, regardless of whether they are selected as a national finalist. To learn more about the Engineering Notebook Competition, click here.

AIA/NAR Best Dressed Team – Plaque + $500

                Teams are encouraged to attend the National Finals in costume, either having fun or celebrating their hometown culture. Teams are judged based on photos taken at the official contest photobooth at the National Finals.

Boeing Spirit Award – Plaque + $500
Lockheed Martin Best Rocket Craftsmanship – Plaque +$500
Raytheon Most Innovative Approach to the Mission – Plaque +$500

Presentation Competition – Sponsored by AIA/NAR

1st Place – Plaque + $500
2nd Place – $300
3rd Place – $200

Rocket Building Competition – Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

Best Craftsmanship – Plaque + $500
Most Creative Design – Plaque + $500

Each year after qualification flights are submitted, students have the option to write an essay to nominate their mentor and another essay to nominate their advisor to receive the “Outstanding Mentor” or “Outstanding Advisor” award. The winner of this award will be announced at the Friday Night Safety Briefing prior to the National Finals.

Outstanding Mentor – Plaque

Outstanding Advisor – Plaque