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Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

Opportunity for USA Student Teams to
Participate in an Aerospace Design Competition

GrantWatch ID#: 159787
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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

12/02/16 Postmarked

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Prizes to USA student teams that are sponsored by schools, nonprofits, and youth organizations for successfully competing in an aerospace STEM competition. Teams may be comprised of students enrolled in grades 7-12. Competing teams will design innovative rockets to be presented at an aerospace demonstration.

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).

Approximately 5,000 students from across the nation compete in TARC each year. 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 the United Kingdom or France, depending on the year, to complete in the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at the Farnborough or Paris Air Show.


The application for a team must come from a single school or a single U.S. incorporated nonprofit 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.

Teams may have members from other schools or other organizations and may obtain financing from any source, not limited to their sponsoring organization.

Teams must be supervised by an adult approved by the principal of the sponsoring school, or by an officially-appointed adult leader of their sponsoring organization.

Minimum team size is three students and maximum is ten students. Each student member must make a significant contribution to the designing, building, and/or launching of the team's entry. No part of any of these activities for a rocket used in a qualification flight or at the Finals may be done by any adult, by a company (except by the sale of standard off-the-shelf components available to the general public, but not kits or designs for the event), or by any person not a student on that team.

No student may be on more than one team. The supervising teacher/adult may supervise more than one team.

The Challenge is open to the first 1,000 teams that submit a completed application, including payment, postmarked between September 1 and December 2, 2016. TARC recommends you submit your registration online rather than by mail.

-September 1, 2016: Registration opens
-December 2, 2016: Registration closes
-April 3, 2017: Qualifying scores due
-April 7, 2017: Top 100 teams announced
-May 12, 2017: Rockets on Hill Reception in Washington, DC
-May 13, 2017: TARC 2017 Final Fly-Off at Great Meadow in the Plains, VA

Contest Background:

Application Forms and Contest Resources:


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

Online registrations may be submitted here:

Aerospace Industries Association
Attn: Team America Rocketry Challenge
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1700
Arlington, Virginia 22209

(703) 358-1033

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