Team America Rocketry Challenge

Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is an annual rocketry competition for students in grades 7 through 12. Sponsored primarily by the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and the Aerospace Industries Association, TARC is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace.

TARC is open to teams from schools or non-profit organizations.  Each year’s competition is limited to 750 teams. The teams build and fly rockets designed to meet specific requirements and goals which are different each year. As an example, in 2011, teams had to design, build, and demonstrate a model rocket that carried a raw egg to an altitude as close to 750 feet as possible and stayed airborne for between 40 and 45 seconds using only a single 15-inch diameter parachute as the recovery system.

Each team makes qualifying flights and a score is computed based on how close the rocket meets the contest’s goals. The teams with the top 100 qualifying scores are invited to the national finals in Washington, DC, where they compete for prizes totalling more than $60,000 in cash and scholarships.  For the past few years,  AIA member companies, such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have awarded  a trip to an international air show to the winning team.

For more information about TARC, please visit the Team America Rocketry Challenge web site.

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