[The Rocketry Show] Episode #50: TARC 2017

The Rocketry show FINALLY made it to the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), thanks to the support of our sponsors, and YOU!

In Part One of our coverage, we talk to the organizers of TARC 2017 and interview some of the teams involved, as well as a story that brought two unlikely groups together! Enjoy!

Special thanks to the AIA for their help in getting us set up for this great opportunity!


About the Team America Rocketry Challenge

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest rocket contest and the aerospace industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and more than 20 aerospace industry partners, TARC provides middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets in a competition among approximately 5,000 students

The Rocketettes

nationwide each year.  Other partners providing support for the program include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, the American Association of Physics Teachers and The Mars Generation.

TARC was originally conceived as a one-time contest to celebrate the 100th

Robin Thurman – AIA, CG and Gheem

anniversary of flight. After receiving hundreds of requests from students, teachers and parents, AIA and its

Virgin Islands Team

partners decided to continue the program to challenge students year-in and year-out, with varying in performance specifications. Fifteen years later, TARC is still going strong.

A pool of over $100,000 in scholarships and prizes is shared by the top 10 teams. Raytheon Company sponsors the winning team to participate in an annual International Rocketry Challenge, which alternates each year between the Paris Air Show and the Farnborough International Airshow in London.

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