A seven-student team from Russellville City School in Alabama will represent on the 19th of June the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge at the 2015 Paris Air Show. The RCS Engineers are the champions of this year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) that took place outside of D.C. this past May. Raytheon Company sponsors the winning team from TARC each year to compete against student teams from the United Kingdom and France in an international rocketry competition.
The International Rocketry Challenge is the culmination of three separate competitions held annually around the globe: the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA); the United Kingdom Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) sponsored by ADS, the UK Aerospace, Defense, Security and Space association; and the French Rocketry Challenge sponsored by Groupement des Industries FrancaisesAeronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), the French aerospace industries association. Each contest brings together teams of middle and high school students to design, build and launch model rockets with the goal of inspiring young minds to become engaged in science, technology, engineering and math.
This is the tenth year that Raytheon has supported the U.S. team’s trip to the international air show. The program is part of the company’s broad-based MathMovesU initiative to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).