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750 Student Teams Wanted for World’s Largest Rocket Competition

September 10, 2009 — The 2010 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is seeking teams of three to 10 students to design and build a rocket that will climb to 825 feet with a raw egg payload and stay aloft for 40 to 45 seconds. The payload must then return to earth unbroken.  A celebratory breakfast using the payload after the flight is at the discretion of each team. The annual rocket contest, sponsored by Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), hopes to get 750 student teams in grades 7-12 to enter the contest, with the top 100 teams to compete in the finals next spring in Washington D.C. 

“The Team America Rocketry Challenge is fostering the next generation of engineers by sparking an interest in math and physics in a fun, team-based environment,” said Marion Blakey, AIA president and CEO. “The students are often mentored by real-world engineers and scientists.” added the former Federal Aviation Administrator.

Student participants compete for $60,000 in prizes, scholarships and a trip to the 2010 Farnborough Air Show in London for an international “fly-off” with student teams from France and the UK. The contest is in its eighth year and is proving to be the needed catalyst to generate interest in students with the sciences.  AIA sponsors TARC with the National Association of Rocketry, NASA, the Defense Department, the American Association of Physics Teachers and AIA member companies.  The 2010 contest rules and registration information are available at http://www.RocketContest.org.

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