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Northwest R-I Rocket Teams Advance to National Finals of American Rocketry Challenge

The Northwest High School Rocket Team and Woodridge Middle School Rocket Teams are traveling to Washington, DC for the national finals of the 20th annual competition of The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The teams are two of 100 teams from across the country competing for $100,000 in cash and prizes and the title of National Champion. The national finals will take place on Saturday, May 14. 

The American Rocketry Challenge is the aerospace and defense industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

The competition challenges middle and high school students to design, build, and fly a rocket that meets specific altitude and flight duration parameters. The parameters to qualify for the national competition this year required teams to build a model rocket that carries two raw eggs to an altitude of 835 feet, stay airborne for 41-44 seconds, and return the rocket to the ground safely with the eggs intact. The requirements will be modified for the two launches per team allowed at the national finals.

This year, more than 720 teams representing 41 states designed and built model rockets in hopes of qualifying for the National Finals. Northwest has been represented at TARC for three consecutive years.