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The World’s Largest Student Rocketry Contest

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to supervise or start a team! Getting started in The American Rocketry Challenge is simple, and we have plenty of resources to help you along the way. Registration for the 2019-2020 challenge runs from September 1 to December 1, 2019, and to make sure you are on track, follow these easy steps below:

Step One – Assemble Your Team, Read the Rules, and Register

Make sure you have between 3 to 10 students and a supervising adult. Once you are all together review the rules, then go to and register your team! Need to print off the rules or a parent permission form? Check out the Documents and Forms page.

Step Two – Reach Out to a Mentor

With nearly 500 mentors across the country in all 50 states, you don’t have to learn all about rocketry on your own. Click here to see the 2019 Mentor List and get in touch with a mentor near you. These rocketry experts have been working with teams for years and have the best tips and tricks to help you succeed.

Step Three – Start Planning

Becoming national champions in rocketry doesn’t happen overnight, and if your team is going to be in the top 100, you’d better have a plan. There is a lot to consider, but we have some advice from our mentors and teams who have participated over the years.

  • Never built a rocket before? Buy a small kit rocket from a company like Estes Rocketry or any of our other official and supporting vendors.
  • Divide and conquer, and make sure each team member has a role to play and knows what their responsibilities are.
  • Make a budget for your team. A typical budget is between $500 and $1000, including your entry fee, one altimeter, and the parts for two rockets and over a dozen flights.
  • Make a timeline. Most teams have their initial rocket design completed before the holidays so they are ready to launch into the new year!

Need More Help?

We still have plenty of resources to make sure your team succeeds.

These are the top ten tips as given to us by teams and mentors over the years, and even one of the founders of the Rocketry Challenge! Once you’ve read the rules, these tips will make sure you’re on the right trajectory to succeed.

The handbook is made each year by the National Association of Rocketry, and covers everything from designing, building, and flying your rocket, all the way to a recommended timeline and even fundraising tips.

With everything from model rocketry resources, materials for educators, and even grant and financial information, there are even more tools to make sure your team succeeds.

  • Curious to know what you can win?

Take a look at the prizes and awards for The American Rocketry Challenge.

If you still have questions after checking out these resources, feel free to email our team at