TARC Teams Flock to Capitol Hill for Rockets on the Hill

Rocket contest teams stand in front of the “Mountains and Clouds” sculpture in the Hart Senate Office Building.

Hundreds of middle and high school students descended on Capitol Hill the morning of Friday, May 9, for the third annual Rockets on the Hill reception. Part of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) National Finals festivities, Rockets on the Hill is an opportunity for students to meet with their elected representatives and talk about the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Guest speakers included Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), representing technological hotbed Silicon Valley; Dr. John Langford, Chairman and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences; and former astronaut and Associate Administrator for Education at NASA Leland Melvin.  Several members of Congress attended or sent staff members to meet with the students from their district and hear their youthful perspective on aerospace and hands on experience with rocket science.

The TARC National Final flyoff will be held Saturday, May 10, at Great Meadow at The Plains, Va.  One hundred teams will compete for the right to be called national champions and to compete against teams from the UK and France at the Farnborough International Airshow outside of London in July.  The winners will receive a fully-sponsored trip to Farnborough courtesy of the Raytheon Company.