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The America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

Opportunity for USA Middle and High School Student
Teams to Participate in an Aerospace Design Competition

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Foundation / Corporation

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Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and National Association of Rocketry (NAR)

Deadline Date:

12/01/20 Postmarked


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Opportunity for USA student teams to win prizes in a hands-on engineering competition. Teams may be comprised of students enrolled in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by schools, nonprofits, and youth organizations. Competing teams will have the opportunity to design, build, and launch model rockets and get hands-on experience solving engineering problems.

Students work together in teams the same way aerospace engineers do. Over a period of several months, they experience the engineering process and compete through qualifying flights of their rockets with thousands of peers all across the country for the opportunity to participate in the culminating national fly-off event.

The rules vary slightly each year to provide a new challenge to competitors. 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159787

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Grant Prize: A big trophy, $20,000 for the team, $1,000 for the school, and tan all-expense-paid trip to represent the United States in the International Rocketry Challenge, hosted at the Farnborough International Air Show in 2020.

2nd Place : $15,000.00 for the team, $1,000.00 for the school
3rd Place: $12,500.00 for the team, $1,000.00 for the school
4th Place: $10,000.00 for the team, $1,000.00 for the school
5th Place: $7,500.00 for the team, $1,000.00 for the school
6th - 10th place: $5,000.00 for the team, $1,000.00 for the school

Other special awards can be found at:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who Can Participate:
- Teams of 3-10 students currently enrolled in grades 6 through 12.
- The application for a team must come from a single school or a single U.S. incorporated non-profit youth organization (excluding the National Association of Rocketry, Tripoli Rocketry Association, or any other rocket club or organization).
- There is no limit to the number of teams that may be entered from any single school or organization, but no more than the best two 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, will be invited to attend the Finals.
- Teams may have members from other schools or other organizations.
- Teams must be supervised by an adult approved by the principal of the school, or by an officially-appointed adult leader of the youth organization.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- 09.01.20 - Registration launches
-12.01.20 - Registration closes
- 04.05.21 - Qualification flights due
- 05.14.21 - Rockets on the Hill (showcase rockets to members of Congress)
- 05.15.21 - National finals (outside Washington, D.C.)

A $125 entry fee is required.



Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


For questions, contact:
Program Manager Jeremy Davis at or 703-358-1000.

Aerospace Industries Association
Attn: Team America Rocketry Challenge
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1700
Arlington, Virginia 22209
(703) 358-1033

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