How to Compete

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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Let's Talk Prizes

Teams that qualify for the American Rocketry Challenge National Finals in June have the chance to win some amazing cash prizes!

Find A Mentor

New to rocketry? Our nationwide network of official mentors can teach you everything you need to know about rocketry! From design and build specifications, to a list of supplies and the perfect launch site, these rocketry experts are here to help your team go from rocketry rookies to rocket scientists. Find out if there’s a mentor near your area today!

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Title I Grant Program

Secure Funding to Launch Your Rocketry Team

To bring STEM opportunites to more students, the American Rocketry Challenge developed a grant program to help Title I schools across the country compete in the rocket contest. These grants provide schools with the resources needed to launch a rocketry program, including an opportunity to secure initial funding.

Stay tuned for updates regarding the 2022 Title I grant program.

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Other Ways to Compete

Marketing Competition

Our Marketing Competition challenges students to create a video to generate excitement about their team, the American Rocketry Challenge, and aerospace and space exploration.

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Presentation Competition

Successful launches are one thing, but can you show your work and explain how you designed your rocket? Our Presentation Competition challenges teams to off their hard work, explain their design, and demonstrate how test flight data drove decision making!

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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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions See All FAQs

Can team members be changed at a later date?

Yes, but they cannot be added after the team’s first qualification attempt. The only exception to this is that if a school has more than three teams that have qualification scores better than the national selection cutoff score for the Finals, membership of the three teams from that school that are invited to the Finals may be adjusted to include students from other teams with qualification scores better than the cutoff (within the limit of ten students per team).  You can drop a team member at any point.

Kerbal Rocketry Challenge

We’ve partnered with Private Division, publishers of the hit astrophysics game, Kerbal Space Program, to bring you a new kind of virtual rocket contest! The Kerbal Rocketry Challenge puts you and your American Rocketry Challenge team at the helm of a new aerospace company, tasked with recreating some of our world’s greatest missions.

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