The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is a preeminent international STEM competition designed to help inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists. Our team is open to Troop 17 scouts in 7th to 12th grades. Troop 17 is one of only a few BSA units (many years the only unit) to compete in TARC.
Through TARC, Troop 17 extends our traditional Scouting program with a fun yet challenging hands-on project-based STEM learning opportunity. TARC also serves as Troop 17’s STEM competition for the BSA Supernova Award. We are currently in our sixth year of TARC competition. Past Troop 17 TARC teams have qualified twice for the US National Finals, placing 45th and 25th nationally out of 700 teams. We have also placed fifth nationally in the TARC Presentation Competition, where teams present reports of their design process, flight testing, and data collection and analysis to an esteemed panel of aerospace industry experts. We hope to qualify for the finals again this year, and to compete for $60,000 in scholarships and other prizes shared by the top teams!
TARC allows Scouts to develop and apply math and science skills and team-oriented problem solving. For many participants, this experience yields their first significant personal realization of how what they are learning is relevant to endeavors that are fun, challenging, and represent potential future career pathways.
TARC has a demonstrated positive impact on students’ educational and career opportunities, with 80% of Troop 17’s TARC graduates going on to major in engineering in college and to pursue careers or graduate studies in STEM.
If you are a Troop 17 member in 7th-12th grades and are interested in TARC, or if you are interested in joining Troop 17, please fill out our contact form.