Presentation Competition

2020 Champions: Newport High School, Team Graveyard | Bellevue, WA

Successful launches are one thing, but can you show your work and explain how you designed your rocket? This year’s expanded Presentation Competition featured teams showing off their hard work, explaining their design, and demonstrating how test flight data drove decision making!

Watch the Winning Presentation

The updated Presentation Competition rules were modeled after the same rules used at the International Rocketry Challenge, where your presentation counts for 40% of your final score. Your team will have to create a presentation that succinctly explains how you came to your design, how you conducted and utilized your test flight information, and what lessons your team learned in not just rocketry, but also teamwork.

Four prizes will be given, with the following breakdown:

  • $2,000 for First Place
  • $1,000 for Second Place
  • $500 for Third Place, and
  • $1,000 for the Best Newcomer, reserved for a team from a school or organization that has never competed before.

Having trouble remembering all the rocket science you used to make your calculations? Head over to our Resources Page to refresh your memory. There, you’ll find plenty of articles and lessons covering all aspects of rocketry to help make sure you’re referencing the right formulas in your presentation!

Since your presentation requires showing test flight data, only teams that have completed at least three test flights, successful or not, were eligible to enter.

All entries were be scored based on six equally-weighted categories, listed in the rules. A panel of National Association of Rocketry judges will review each entry, and the winners will be announced June 1.

Click here to view the rules for the new Presentation Competition.

Watch the Winning Presentation