(PRWEB) October 11, 2013
Over the next six months, thousands of students will push educational boundaries and test gravity’s limits through designing, building and successfully launching model rockets. Registration to compete in the 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is now officially open for middle and high school students across the country.
The annual rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association(AIA), accepts up to 1,000 student teams composed of three to ten students in grades 7-12. TARC presents students with new challenges by annually updating the criteria for a successful flight, forcing the teams to adapt their design and launches each year to comply with the new regulations. This year, students are required to design a rocket that will climb 825 feet with a payload of two raw eggs, and safely return to earth with both eggs unbroken via a dual-parachute recovery. All of this must happen within a small flight window of 48-50 seconds.
The top 100 ranked teams will be notified on April 8th that they have earned a spot to compete against other student rocketeers in the 2014 national finals. The final “fly-off” will take place on Sunday, May 11th at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA. Teams that advance to the finals will compete for a share of $60,000 in prizes and scholarships, and a trip to compete against teams from the UK and France in the international “fly-off” held at the Farnborough Air Show in July.
TARC plays a critical role in recruiting and retaining talented and diverse students into careers in the aerospace and defense industry. Now in its twelfth year, TARC is the largest rocket competition in the world and an internationally recognized STEM program with thousands of alumni hailing from all 50 states. AIA and the National Association of Rocketry work hand-in-hand with multiple industry partners and AIA member companies to sponsor the annual competition. For additional information on TARC and to register a team, please visit http://www.rocketcontest.org.