A team from Stone Memorial High School in Crossville will compete soon in a nationwide model rocket contest.
The American Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest with nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing each year. The contest gives middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets and hands-on experience solving engineering problems.
After the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of 2020 competition, 100 teams from 27 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands were selected to compete for $100,000 in prizes and the title of National Champion in the return to flight for the 2021 competition.
In accordance with all federal, state, and local health guidance, this year’s finals will be held at 11 launch sites across the country June 11-20, 2021. Those launch sites are located in or near: Birmingham, Alabama; Lucerne Valley, California; Pueblo, Colorado; Palm Beach, Florida; Reno, Nevada; Syracuse, New York; Dayton, Ohio; Rockdale, Texas; The Plains, Virginia; Pasco, Washington; and Brighton, Wisconsin
This year, 615 teams representing 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands designed and built model rockets in hopes of qualifying for the National Finals. Among this year’s teams, 21 are first-time competitors.