It’s time to form your own rocket team and learn to launch. Registration is now open for the 2013 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), the world’s largest rocket contest where students compete for $60,000 in prizes and scholarships. Participation is open to the first 1000 teams who register by November 30, 2012.
4-H has always done well in this event and had five TARC teams make it to the finals this year with Michigan’s Deford Dazzlers finishing tenth nationally. The other 4-H groups attending were two teams from Mundfordville, Kentucky and one from Newark, Ohio, and Georgetown, Texas.
The 2013 challenge is to design, build and fly a model rocket containing a raw egg that reaches an altitude of 750 feet, stays aloft for 45 to 50 seconds, and returns the egg unbroken on a parachute. The team’s qualification entry flight must be launched by March 25, 2013. If your score is one of the 100 best, you will be invited to compete for a share of the prize package in the national fly-off on May 11, 2013 in Manassas, Virginia.
Students in grades 7-12 in any U.S. school or non-profit youth organization are eligible to compete. About 7,000 students from across the country take part in the event each year, and since TARC’s first contest in 2003 over 50,000 students have taken the challenge. Your group can do it, too.
Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) sponsors the contest with the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), the Defense Department, NASA, and AIA member companies. NAR http://nar.org/ is a 4-H partner and specifically invites 4-H groups to try rocketry and get into TARC.
The rocket contest gives future engineers the opportunity to demonstrate their math and science skills by designing a real aerospace product. To download the TARC Handbook, rules and registration form to get started with your 4-H Rocketry Team, visit Team America Rocketry Challenge at http://www.rocketcontest.org/