American Rocketry Challenge Blasts Off!
Vol.5 Issue 8
American Rocketry Challenge

The 2020 American Rocketry Challenge is on the launch pad again, ready for another exciting year of competition! The American Rocketry Challenge is the "world’s largest rocket contest with nearly 5,000 students competing nationwide each year." Middle and High School students from all over the United States work in teams of three to ten students to design, build, test, and fly a model rocket that is capable of launching a raw hen’s egg 800 feet in altitude. The rocket must stay airborne for 40-43 seconds, and then safely return the egg and undamaged rocket to the ground by parachute.

Teams must use engineering design and creative solutions to build and fly their rockets.

Teams are challenged to use engineering design and creative solutions to build and fly their rockets. Students must work together using leadership and problem-solving skills coupled with teamwork and design experience. The model rockets are made of light-weight, non-metal parts to include carbon, fiberglass and plastic. Contest rules require that rockets weigh no more than 1.43 pounds and be no less than 25.6 inches in overall length. Rockets are judged by duration of flight, construction of rockets, and, of course, a safe, uncracked egg’s return to earth!

Winners of the US National Finals receive a first place trophy and $20,000 for the team, with an additional $1,000 donated to their school. The winning team also wins "an all-expense paid trip to represent the United States in the International Rocketry Challenge, hosted at the Farnborough Air Show in London, England in July 2020." Team USA will be competing against rocket teams from Japan, the United Kingdom, and France.

The FAA is a government partner with the American Rocketry Challenge.
Model rockets must be capable of launching a raw hen’s egg at least 800 feet in altitude.

The Federal Aviation Administration is a Government Partner with The American Rocketry Challenge. Information provided by The American Rocketry Challenge can be found at

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