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100 Teams Advance to U.S. Finals in World’s Largest Student Rocket Contest

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Earlier today, the Team America Rocketry Challenge announced the teams
competing at the National Finals on May 18 at Great Meadow in The
Plains, Va., outside of Washington, D.C. This year, two teams tied for
the 100th spot, so 101 teams will compete in the finals based
on their qualification scores.

The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the aerospace and defense
industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue
study and 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 rigorous altitude and flight duration
parameters through a series of certified, qualifying launches. In honor
of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, this year’s rules
require a rocket carrying three raw eggs, representing the Apollo
astronauts, to reach 856 feet before returning the uncracked eggs to
Earth – all within 43 to 46 seconds.

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the National
Association of Rocketry, and more than 20 industry partners, the Team
America Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest student rocket
contest. This year, 830 teams representing 46 states, the District of
Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands designed and built model rockets
in hopes of qualifying for the National Finals.

The 100 finalists will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes, and the
winner of the National Finals will represent the United States at the
International Rocketry Challenge at the Paris International Air Show in
June against teams from the United Kingdom, France, and Japan. After
five straight international championships, the United States looks to
continue its international winning streak.

The Rocketry Challenge promotes friendly competition among teams from
diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, and geographies – from
frozen lakes in Alaska to major metropolitan areas. Numerous teams
launched fundraising campaigns in their communities to make their
participation this year possible.

AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning congratulated the finalists:
“Qualifying for the National Finals is a testament to the teamwork,
critical thinking, and problem-solving skills that represent the very
best of aerospace and defense. Each year, this contest inspires
thousands of young women and men to consider careers in STEM fields. It
presents a unique opportunity to motivate the next generation of leaders
who will change the way we move, connect, and explore our world.”

Now in its seventeenth year, the Rocketry Challenge has inspired more
than 70,000 middle and high school students to explore education and
careers in STEM fields.

Follow and support your local team on the road to National Finals using
the official hashtag: #TARC19.

For more information about the Team America Rocketry Challenge and to
view the complete list of finalist teams, visit our site: www.rocketcontest.org.