Team America Rocketry Challenge

Ages:Middle School, High School

Type:Performance

Categories:engineering, Rocketry, STEM

Scope:National

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), TARC was created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the Centennial of Flight, but by popular demand became an annual program.

Approximately 5,000 students from across the nation compete in TARC each year. The contest challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket to safely carry a raw egg payload to a specific altitude and back within a certain amount of time. The contest’s rules and scoring parameters change every cycle to challenge the students’ ingenuity and encourage a fresh approach to rocket design.

Based on local qualification flights, the top 100 teams are invited to Washington, D.C. in May for the National Finals. Top placing teams split more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships and the overall winning team will travel to Europe to compete in the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at either the Farnborough or Paris Air Show, depending on the year.

The contest challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket to safely carry a raw egg payload to a specific altitude and back within a certain amount of time. Teams compete at local & regional challenges to be invited as finalists to the national competition where they compete for more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships.

The contest’s rules and scoring parameters change every cycle to challenge the students’ ingenuity and encourage a fresh approach to rocket design. See the contest website for exact scoring criteria for each year.
Team America Rocketry Challenge - Participation

Team Award. $0.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 1st Place

Team Award. $20000.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 2nd Place

Team Award. $15000.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 3rd Place

Team Award. $12500.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 4th Place

Team Award. $10000.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 5th Place

Team Award. $7500.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 6th to 10th Place

Team Award. $5000.

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

Website: http://rocketcontest.org

Managing Organization: Aerospace Industries Association

Contact:

rocketcontest@aia-aerospace.org
(703) 358-1033

Entry Fee: $125

Eligibility:
The application for a team must come from a single school or a single U.S. incorporated non-profit youth or educational organization (excluding the National Association of Rocketry, Tripoli Rocketry Association, or any of their local chapters or any other incorporated rocket organization). There is no limit to the number of teams that may be entered from any single school or organization, but no more than three teams containing students who attend the same school or who are members of the same organization, regardless of whether the teams are sponsored by that school or organization, can be invited to attend the Finals. Team members must be students who are currently enrolled in grades 7 through 12 in a U.S. school or homeschool.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Overview

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), TARC was created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the Centennial of Flight, but by popular demand became an annual program.

Approximately 5,000 students from across the nation compete in TARC each year. The contest challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket to safely carry a raw egg payload to a specific altitude and back within a certain amount of time. The contest’s rules and scoring parameters change every cycle to challenge the students’ ingenuity and encourage a fresh approach to rocket design.

Based on local qualification flights, the top 100 teams are invited to Washington, D.C. in May for the National Finals. Top placing teams split more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships and the overall winning team will travel to Europe to compete in the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at either the Farnborough or Paris Air Show, depending on the year.

Process

The contest challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket to safely carry a raw egg payload to a specific altitude and back within a certain amount of time. Teams compete at local & regional challenges to be invited as finalists to the national competition where they compete for more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships.

Criteria

The contest’s rules and scoring parameters change every cycle to challenge the students’ ingenuity and encourage a fresh approach to rocket design. See the contest website for exact scoring criteria for each year.

Awards

Team America Rocketry Challenge - Participation

Team Award. $0.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 1st Place

Team Award. $20000.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 2nd Place

Team Award. $15000.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 3rd Place

Team Award. $12500.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 4th Place

Team Award. $10000.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 5th Place

Team Award. $7500.

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

Team America Rocketry Challenge - National 6th to 10th Place

Team Award. $5000.

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

Participate

Website: http://rocketcontest.org

Managing Organization: Aerospace Industries Association

Contact:

rocketcontest@aia-aerospace.org
(703) 358-1033

Entry Fee: $125

Eligibility:
The application for a team must come from a single school or a single U.S. incorporated non-profit youth or educational organization (excluding the National Association of Rocketry, Tripoli Rocketry Association, or any of their local chapters or any other incorporated rocket organization). There is no limit to the number of teams that may be entered from any single school or organization, but no more than three teams containing students who attend the same school or who are members of the same organization, regardless of whether the teams are sponsored by that school or organization, can be invited to attend the Finals. Team members must be students who are currently enrolled in grades 7 through 12 in a U.S. school or homeschool.

Deadlines

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.