Tripoli Tampa Rocketry Association


The American Rocketry Challenge

​​The The American 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), the contest 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 4,000 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.

The contest challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket carrying one or more raw hen's egg(s) to an exact altitude and return it to the ground with the egg(s) undamaged within a specific flight time.

Based on local qualification flights, the top 100 teams are invited to Washington, D.C. in May for the National Finals. The top 10 placing teams split more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships and the overall winning team will travel to Paris, France to complete in the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at the Paris Air Show.

TARC is becoming a bigger and better program every year. More information is available on the
Team America website.

The American Rocketry Challenge 2020 Competition has been postponed until 2021. All teams registered to compete in 2020 will automatically be signed up to compete  next year. New teams can sign up to compete starting September 1st, 2020.