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The American Rocketry Challenge—now in its 18th year—is the world’s largest rocket contest, with nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing annually. The contest provides students in 6th – 12th grades the opportunity to design, build, and launch model rockets and gain hands-on experience solving engineering problems.

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry, and more than twenty aerospace industry partners, including NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Defense, the challenge is the aerospace industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math.

Alumni of the Rocketry Challenge have gone on to attend top universities and work as engineers at some of the top aerospace manufacturers in the country. Your students could be next.

About the Title I Grant Program

To bring this STEM opportunity to more students, The American Rocketry Challenge has developed a grant program to help Title I schools across the country compete in the 2020 competition. These grants will provide your school with the resources needed to launch a rocketry program, including an opportunity to secure initial funding. By starting a rocketry program at your school, you will be inspiring and challenging your students to think more critically, systematically, and opening up a pathway to explore STEM careers.

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

Application for grants are now open. Please click here to apply.

Title I grantees receive:

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.

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

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.

Selection: 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.