2019 Events

The American Rocketry Challenge, AIA Membership House

May 15 - 16 2020

Event Information

AIA members and their families are invited to view The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) from the AIA Membership House at Great Meadow, which features an outdoor terrace for prime rocket viewing.  The Membership House is open during the entirety of the competition with food served throughout the day and a cocktail reception in the evening. Children of all ages are welcome.

Location: Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern
Rd, The Plains, VA 20198
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Event Registration

Opens in April 2020

more information, contact:

Jeremy Davis
Manager, The American Rocketry Challeng

The American Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest student rocket contest with nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing each year. The contest gives 6th through 12th grade students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets and hands-on experience solving engineering problems.

This year, teams of 3 to 10 students must build a model
rocket that carries one raw hen egg to an altitude of 800ft, stays airborne for
between 40 and 43 seconds, and returns the rocket to the ground safely. If the
team is one of the 100 that qualifies for the National Finals, there they will
have to launch their rockets to an altitude of either 775ft or 825 feet for
either 39 – 42 seconds or 41 – 44 seconds depending on the launch round.

Teams at the National Finals compete for a part of over
$100,000 in cash and prizes. In addition to their prize money, the team that places
first at the National Finals wins an all-expenses-paid trip to represent the
United States in the International Rocketry Challenge, hosted at the
Farnborough Air Show in London, England in July 2020. The United States
Rocketry Team competes against the winning teams from Japan, the United
Kingdom, and France.