Hundreds of Student Rocket Scientists Converge on Capitol Hill

Press Release From: Aerospace Industries Association
Posted: Friday, May 6, 2016

Hundreds of middle and high school students from across the country will gather on Capitol Hill Friday, May 13, at 9:00 AM for the ‘Rockets on the Hill’ reception as part of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) National Finals.

Students will hear from special guest speakers on the importance of STEM education and will have the opportunity to meet with their elected representatives after the reception. TARC is the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry's strategy to engage teens in science, technology, engineering and math. Finalists will compete Saturday, May 14 at a final fly-off held at Great Meadow in The Plains, V.A.

WHAT: TARC’s ‘Rockets on the Hill’ reception and March to the Hill
This is a widely attended event. Media, please RSVP to contact below.

WHEN: Friday, May 13 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
9:00–9:30 AM: Students display rockets, mingle with guests
9:30–10:00 AM: Guest speakers (see list below)
10:00 AM: Group photo before teams meet with elected representatives

WHERE: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 325

WHO: Confirmed Speakers:

David F. Melcher
President and CEO
Aerospace Industries Association

Jim Rogers
Vice President, Army, SOF and Missile Defense Programs
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Dr. Sandy Magnus
Executive Director
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Sponsors: The Raytheon Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Thales USA.

Contact: Evan Petrone (703) 358-1041,

On May 14, hundreds of students will gather at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. for a thrilling all-day event with competitive rocket launching, an outdoor expo featuring industry sponsors and an awards ceremony honoring the TARC team that emerged victorious among hundreds of other teams to grasp the title of national champion.

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