Boy Scout troops can form teams and enter the Team America Rocketry Challenge
The Challenge is the world's largest model rocket contest and provides student
teams with a realistic experience in designing a flying aerospace vehicle that
meets a specified set of mission and performance requirements.
This year's Challenge involves building and flying a model rocket carrying one
or two raw eggs that achieves a precise flight duration (TBD) and returns the
egg(s) to the ground safely. Bonuses are awarded if the rocket has two stages,
and carries two eggs rather than one. A grand prize pool of over $60,000 in cash
and savings bonds will be shared by the top 10 teams.
Teams will consist of three to 15 students who are in seventh through 12th
grades in any U.S. school or home-school program, supervised by one or more
adults who are certified as teachers (including home-school) or who are officially
appointed group leaders in U.S. chapters of national nonprofit youth organizations,
including but not limited to the Boy Scouts of America, JROTC, 4-H, Civil Air
Patrol, Skills USA, and Young Astronauts. There is no limit on the number of
teams per school or organization. All teams must be affiliated with and must
draw all their members from either a single school or local home-school
organization, or a single chapter of a national youth organization.
The rules and application for the 2005 competition will be available on
September 7, 2004. Only the first 1,250 teams that submit a completed
application package postmarked on or before November 30, 2004, will be
allowed to compete in this year's event.
For more information, and to sign up to be notified about when the rules
and application will be posted, please visit www.rocketcontest.org.