The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is a STEM competition for students in 6th through 12th grades. Teams of 3 to 10 students design, build, and launch rockets to safely carry a fragile payload to a target altitude and back to earth within a target duration. For 2020, teams must launch a single egg to 800 feet and recover the egg and rocket safely back on the ground in 40 to 43 seconds. All team members participate, and past students have learned 3D computer aided design (CAD), 3D printing, and CNC machining as well as rocket design and building techniques. Students have a BLAST while learning useful engineering skills!

The Hackground TARC team meets on Monday nights from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Launches are usually on weekends, and are scheduled based on the team members’ availability and the weather.

Dave Zuchero is the TARC Mentor for the Hackground team, providing insight and guidance on constructing and flying competition rockets.  He has been designing and flying rockets for decades, holds a Level 1 high power rocketry certification and is a current member of the US Space-modeling Team.  He will be representing the US next year at the World Space-modeling Championships to be held in Romania.