Curriculum and Instruction
The Team America Rocketry Challenge
The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest model rocket contest, which began in 2003 as a one-time celebration of the centennial of flight. The contest is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry, with co-sponsorship by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Defense Department, American Association of Physics Teachers, and 39 AIA member companies. Students must design, build, and fly a model rocket carrying one raw egg that reaches an altitude of 850 feet, while keeping it aloft for 45 seconds and returning it to the ground with the egg uncracked. The goal is to encourage students to study advanced math and sciences and to consider studying aerospace fields in college. TARC is open to teams of students in grades 7-12 from any US school or nonprofit youth organization (ex: Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H, Civil Air Patrol). 2007 Contest Rules are posted on the Website, and applications will be available September 6, 2006. Please visit us on the Web at www.rocketcontest.org and sign up to get updates and the latest details on this exciting educational event.