Reach for the Stars ~ National Rocket Competition

Ages:Middle School, High School

Type:Tournament

Categories:Rocketry, STEM

Scope:National

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

The only thing more exciting than a rocket launch – is a rocket competition! The Reach for the Stars ~ National Rocket Competition - which is run in honor of the first Teacher-in-Space Christa McAuliffe - is an exciting way to get young minds interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Subjects and aeronautics. It is safe (following National Association of Rocketry guidelines), affordable (less than $20 per competitor) and easy to run (step-by-step video covers construction through launch). The local competition is hosted by you at your location (no travel expense or hassle). RFTS Competitions are being hosted across the USA by schools, Boy & Girl Scouts, Challenger Learning Centers, YMCAs, 4-H, Boys & Girls Clubs and other youth groups.   Contestants will build, prep and launch their own rocket. After two launches and parachute landings, the closest average distance to an on-field target wins. Local winner’s results are sent to the national headquarters to determine the five national winners. The national winners will be invited to celebrate and launch at Space Camp / US Space & Rocket Center in ‘Rocket City’, Huntsville, Alabama under an ‘October Sky’.   Our goal is to give kids the educational experience of building and launching a solid-fuel powered rocket.   Our purpose is to foster an interest in model rocketry, STEM subjects and aeronautics.   Our mission is to keep alive the memory of the first Teacher-in-Space, Christa McAuliffe.

Competitors (age 10 to 18) are called upon to build and launch a solid-fuel powered model rocket at a RFTS Competition held in their location. The goal – land your rocket, by parachute, as close as possible to an on-field target. The competitor with the closest average distance to the target after two launches wins the local event.. Results from local Competitions determine the 5 National Winners annually. National Winners will be invited to celebrate under an ‘October Sky’ at Space Camp, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama.   A minimum of 10 Competitors are required per local event. Host may run several RFTS Competitions throughout the year. Rockets (kit or made from scratch) must be constructed, prepared and launched by the competitor*. Construction must follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The rockets can be painted and decorated (even decoupaged). The rocket’s flight and recovery can be controlled by removing some or all of the parachute ‘spill hole’ and by adjusting the angle of the launch rod to adjust for the wind. The Pause-for-Science Rocket Construction video is available at no cost to help from construction through launch.   Everyone agrees – we need to get more kids interested in STEAM careers. To do that we need to get them excited about STEAM subjects. Building and launching a solid-fuel powered rocket is a fantastic way to turn kids on to the STEAM subjects. Nothing lends itself to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math like rocketry. After all – this is Rocket Science!  It is fun, affordable (no travel expense or hassle) & easy to run (step-by-step video covers rocket construction and launch).   *Exceptions - At host’s discretion hands-on help can be offered to:  1. Insert starter / igniter    2. Competitors with disabilities -   See complete competition rules for details

Three (3) on-site Judges Note: Celebrity Judges (astronauts, actors, authors, etc.) are encouraged.  However, their duties should be limited to countdown for launch.  They seldom have time to complete all of the marking and measuring for the competition.
  1. Three adults (over 21 years of age)
      One must be a Public Official School Admin, Police or Fire Dept. Ranking Officer, Scout District Leader, elected official (i.e. Mayor), etc.
  1. Host may be a judge
  2. Relatives of participating competitors cannot be judges.
  3. Judges will determine the landing spot of the rocket’s nose cone and oversee the measurement of the distance from the target.
  4. The target should be clearly marked and easily visible prior to the first launch.
  5. If the judges cannot agree on the touchdown spot - the touchdown will be determined as a point halfway between the two points in question.
  6. Decisions of the judges are final.
  7. IMPORTANT: If possible the RFTS Entry Form should be completed and signed the day of the local event. Please submit entry as soon as possible following the launch.
Reach for the Stars: Participation

Team Award. $0.

Everyone involved in the Competition receives a professionally printed certificate that bears Christa McAuliffe’s likeness and her quote, “Push yourself as far as you can, Reach for the stars!” The background of the certificates is the artwork of Astronaut & Moonwalker, Alan Bean. Local winners receive a special certificate and letter of commendation.

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

Reach for the Stars: National Winner

Team Award. $0.

The five national winners in the Reach for the Stars ~ National Rocket Competition will be invited to celebrate in grand fashion under an ‘October Sky’ at Space Camp / US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.   The national winners will be presented a Space Shuttle Challenger commemorative medal with certificate signed by Astronaut Jon McBride. Captain McBride piloted the Challenger on her early missions. With their families, the winners they will continue their celebration. They get to launch their rockets from Homer Hickam Field – named after NASA engineer and author of the memoire, ‘Rocket Boys’.

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

Website: www.RocketCompetition.com

Managing Organization: National Rocket Competition

Contact:
Jack & Kathy Colpas
RocketCompetition@gmail.com
941-955-3958

Entry Fee: $20

This competition is open to students in Middle School, High School.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Overview

The only thing more exciting than a rocket launch – is a rocket competition! The Reach for the Stars ~ National Rocket Competition - which is run in honor of the first Teacher-in-Space Christa McAuliffe - is an exciting way to get young minds interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Subjects and aeronautics. It is safe (following National Association of Rocketry guidelines), affordable (less than $20 per competitor) and easy to run (step-by-step video covers construction through launch). The local competition is hosted by you at your location (no travel expense or hassle). RFTS Competitions are being hosted across the USA by schools, Boy & Girl Scouts, Challenger Learning Centers, YMCAs, 4-H, Boys & Girls Clubs and other youth groups.   Contestants will build, prep and launch their own rocket. After two launches and parachute landings, the closest average distance to an on-field target wins. Local winner’s results are sent to the national headquarters to determine the five national winners. The national winners will be invited to celebrate and launch at Space Camp / US Space & Rocket Center in ‘Rocket City’, Huntsville, Alabama under an ‘October Sky’.   Our goal is to give kids the educational experience of building and launching a solid-fuel powered rocket.   Our purpose is to foster an interest in model rocketry, STEM subjects and aeronautics.   Our mission is to keep alive the memory of the first Teacher-in-Space, Christa McAuliffe.

Process

Competitors (age 10 to 18) are called upon to build and launch a solid-fuel powered model rocket at a RFTS Competition held in their location. The goal – land your rocket, by parachute, as close as possible to an on-field target. The competitor with the closest average distance to the target after two launches wins the local event.. Results from local Competitions determine the 5 National Winners annually. National Winners will be invited to celebrate under an ‘October Sky’ at Space Camp, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama.   A minimum of 10 Competitors are required per local event. Host may run several RFTS Competitions throughout the year. Rockets (kit or made from scratch) must be constructed, prepared and launched by the competitor*. Construction must follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The rockets can be painted and decorated (even decoupaged). The rocket’s flight and recovery can be controlled by removing some or all of the parachute ‘spill hole’ and by adjusting the angle of the launch rod to adjust for the wind. The Pause-for-Science Rocket Construction video is available at no cost to help from construction through launch.   Everyone agrees – we need to get more kids interested in STEAM careers. To do that we need to get them excited about STEAM subjects. Building and launching a solid-fuel powered rocket is a fantastic way to turn kids on to the STEAM subjects. Nothing lends itself to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math like rocketry. After all – this is Rocket Science!  It is fun, affordable (no travel expense or hassle) & easy to run (step-by-step video covers rocket construction and launch).   *Exceptions - At host’s discretion hands-on help can be offered to:  1. Insert starter / igniter    2. Competitors with disabilities -   See complete competition rules for details

Criteria

Three (3) on-site Judges Note: Celebrity Judges (astronauts, actors, authors, etc.) are encouraged.  However, their duties should be limited to countdown for launch.  They seldom have time to complete all of the marking and measuring for the competition.
  1. Three adults (over 21 years of age)
      One must be a Public Official School Admin, Police or Fire Dept. Ranking Officer, Scout District Leader, elected official (i.e. Mayor), etc.
  1. Host may be a judge
  2. Relatives of participating competitors cannot be judges.
  3. Judges will determine the landing spot of the rocket’s nose cone and oversee the measurement of the distance from the target.
  4. The target should be clearly marked and easily visible prior to the first launch.
  5. If the judges cannot agree on the touchdown spot - the touchdown will be determined as a point halfway between the two points in question.
  6. Decisions of the judges are final.
  7. IMPORTANT: If possible the RFTS Entry Form should be completed and signed the day of the local event. Please submit entry as soon as possible following the launch.

Awards

Reach for the Stars: Participation

Team Award. $0.

Everyone involved in the Competition receives a professionally printed certificate that bears Christa McAuliffe’s likeness and her quote, “Push yourself as far as you can, Reach for the stars!” The background of the certificates is the artwork of Astronaut & Moonwalker, Alan Bean. Local winners receive a special certificate and letter of commendation.

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

Reach for the Stars: National Winner

Team Award. $0.

The five national winners in the Reach for the Stars ~ National Rocket Competition will be invited to celebrate in grand fashion under an ‘October Sky’ at Space Camp / US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.   The national winners will be presented a Space Shuttle Challenger commemorative medal with certificate signed by Astronaut Jon McBride. Captain McBride piloted the Challenger on her early missions. With their families, the winners they will continue their celebration. They get to launch their rockets from Homer Hickam Field – named after NASA engineer and author of the memoire, ‘Rocket Boys’.

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

Participate

Website: www.RocketCompetition.com

Managing Organization: National Rocket Competition

Contact:
Jack & Kathy Colpas
RocketCompetition@gmail.com
941-955-3958

Entry Fee: $20

This competition is open to students in Middle School, High School.

Deadlines

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.