Team America Rocketry Challenge

Written by: Ellie Keene & Janet Hutchins   |   Posted on: May 12, 2017

Click Bond is proud to be a silver sponsor for this year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).

Team America Rocketry Challenge

Click Bond is proud to be a silver sponsor for this year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), held in Washington D.C. May 12 – 13, 2017.  Ellie Keene, Marketing Coordinator, and Janet Hutchins, Standards Engineer, represented Click Bond at the Rockets on the Hill reception at the Russell Senate Office in Washington D.C. on May 12th and the main event at the Great Meadow in Plains, Virginia on May 13th.  “The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), TARC was created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the Centennial of Flight, but by popular demand became an annual program.”

Click Bond is an avid supporter of STEM education and the TARC event is a great opportunity to enhance work force development by encouraging young students to continue their education in these areas. This year, we participated at the ‘Ask an Engineering & Scientist’ booth where Janet and Ellie were able to talk to the student participants individually about STEAM and Click Bond. There are 5,000 students from across America, ranging from Middle School to High School, that participate each year. The top 100 teams are invited to Washington D.C. for the National Finals in May and the winners are sent to the Paris Airshow in France. This year, Ellie and Janet were able to meet with St. Monica’s Homeschool team from Ridgefield, Connecticut, which is near Click Bond’s Watertown facility. It was great to see the enthusiasm and all their hard work come together, taking 12th out of 100 this year.  Next year, we’re hoping to encourage students from our communities in Nevada, as well as in Connecticut, to participate in this challenge.

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