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Title I Grant Program – Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply for a Title I grant?

    Title I grant applications are now open! Please click here to submit your application.

    Please note that you will need to also create an account at portal.rocketcontest.org and receive your free official team number before you can complete your registration.

  • When are the Title I grant applications due?

    October 31, 2019

  • How will applications be selected?

    Selection is made on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications must be completed in their entirety with all questions answered in order to be considered.

    This year 40 Rocketry Starter Kits will be given away, with 30 dedicated to new Title I schools and ten for Title I schools that have previously competed.

  • What do I receive when my grant application has been approved?

    Title I Grant Recipients received a “Rocketry Starter Kit” that includes:

    Free Registration: The registration fee ($125) for your team will be waived.

    Funding:  A $2,500 grant will be awarded immediately after approval of your application, and another $5,000 will be awarded if your team qualifies for the National Finals in Washington, D.C.

    Information packet: The information packet has everything your team needs to know about how to create a rocketry team, including:

    • An overview of the competition;
    • A week-by-week timeline of what your team should be working on, and key competition dates;
    • Rocketry supply shopping lists, including suggestions on where to purchase supplies, and discounts from vendors;
    • Instructional rocketry videos from the National Association of Rocketry;
    • 2020 Rules for The American Rocketry Challenge;
    • A sample letter to solicit local sponsorship if needed; and,
    • A letter from the National Association of Rocketry outlining the safety of the hobby and competition.
    • A curated selection of news articles highlighting the competition

    Mentorship: Your team will be paired with a local mentor from the National Association of Rocketry and/or the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. These mentors will make a commitment to help your team with rocketry and provide a deeper understanding of the career options in the aerospace industry.

  • What happens if I am not chosen for a grant?

    If you are not selected for a grant, you will be notified no later than November 8.  Your school still has access to our full mentor network and all of our informational resources, and we would encourage you to still compete even if you are not selected as a grant recipient.

  • What will my students gain from the program?

    • Teamwork
    • Leadership Skills
    • Hands-on Engineering Experience
    • Problem-Solving Skills
    • A chance to win a share of $100,000 in prizes and an all expense-paid trip to represent the United States in July at the 2020 International Rocketry Challenge in London, England

  • What are The American Rocketry Challenge rules?

    Teams are made up of three to 10 students between 6th and 12th grade, a supervisor, and an official mentor.

    The specific contest rules vary slightly each year to provide a new challenge to competitors and ensure all teams are competing on a level playing field. The 2020 rules require teams to design, build, and launch a model rocket that carries one raw egg to an altitude of 800 feet, stays airborne for 40 – 43 seconds, and return the rocket to the ground safely with the egg intact.

     

  • What if I don’t know much about rocketry?

    The American Rocketry Challenge features a nationwide network of aerospace professionals and rocketry experts from the National Association of Rocketry and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics who are willing and available to mentor your team. These mentors can help with the organizing, rocket building, and career pathway exploration.

  • What are the key contest deadlines?

    September 1December 1April 6April 10May 16
    2020 Registration Opens2020 Registration ClosesQualification Flight Scores Due2020 Finalists Announced2020 National Finals

  • What happens when we win?

    After official qualification flights are submitted, the top 100 teams are invited to attend the National Finals in Washington, D.C.

    Teams competing at the Final Fly-Off look to capture their share of over $100,000 in cash prizes. There are also special awards for activities throughout the day.

    The team that places first at the National Finals wins an all-expenses-paid trip to represent the United States in the International Rocketry Challenge, hosted at the Farnborough Air Show in London, England in July 2020. The United States Rocketry Team competes against the winning teams from Japan, the United Kingdom, and France.

    Click here for a full list of prizes and awards.