Young Rocketeers Invited to ‘Reach for the Sky’

The Team America Rocketry Challenge, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Assn. and the Nat’l Assn. of Rocketry, launches the 2017 design/fly teen competition.

Deadline: Dec. 2.

It is open to teams of 7th-12th grade students who design, build and fly a model rocket reaching a specific altitude. Teams may have members from other schools or other organizations and may obtain financing from any source, not limited to their sponsoring organization. Teams must be supervised by an adult approved by the principal of the sponsoring school, or by an officially-appointed adult leader of their sponsoring organization.

The minimum team size is three students and the maximum is 10 students. The contest is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace. Maximum award: $60,000. The application for a team must come from a single school or a single nonprofit youth or educational organization. NASA invites top teams to participate in its Student Launch Initiative, an advanced rocketry program.

Info:  Miles Lifson, manager, Team America Rocketry Challenge, 703/358-1033 or

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