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The American Rocketry ChallengeWIA is a proud Education Partner of The American Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket contest, with nearly 5,000 students competing annually, nationwide. WIA helps to recruit Aerospace Professional Mentors for teams of the contest. If you are a member of WIA and interested in becoming an American Rocketry Challenge Aerospace Professional Mentor, please continue reading, and sign up below.

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About the Aerospace Professional Mentors

As an American Rocketry Challenge Aerospace Professional Mentor, you’ll be connecting with teams of students to help encourage and inspire them to pursue careers in the aerospace and defense industry. You’ll also help answer any questions they may have about opportunities in the industry (from engineering to business to computer science) or how best to start their career.

Your location, contact information, and organizational affiliation will be provided to students along with all of our other mentors behind our secure Registration Portal, where only registered teams can access it. From there, teams can proactively reach out to you for mentorship. Periodically, we’ll also reach out to our mentor network to ask for mentors for our Title I Grant receiving schools, along with teams that have indicated they’d like us to help pair them with a mentor.

Currently, most of these mentoring relationships are done virtually via video chats on a monthly basis. We leave it up to individual mentors and teams though to decide what’s best for them. Each year we have teams in nearly every state, along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, so there’s almost certainly a team located near you.

Aerospace Professional Mentors are not expected to provide advice or guidance on the team’s model rocket. As with all adults, they are also not allowed to directly assist the teams in the design or construction of their rocket. You can help give advice from your engineering experience, but it’s up to the teams to apply the advice you give them!

About the Competition

The American Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest student rocket contest, with nearly 85,000 students participating since it first launched in 2002. Now entering its 20th year, nearly 5,000 students nationwide compete annually to design, build, and launch model rockets to exacting standards and accomplish new objectives. Through the Challenge, students gain hands-on experience solving engineering problems and gain valuable teamwork skills as they start the journey in aerospace and STEM. Presented in partnership between the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry and sponsored by over a dozen aerospace and defense companies, the American Rocketry Challenge is the premier aerospace STEM challenge.

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