An extra-curricular hands-on project-based learning program, the TARC competition is modeled around the aerospace industry's design, fabrication and testing processes. All students participate in a team of 3-10 students to design, build, and fly a rocket. Like aerospace companies work within specific design parameters, every year the challenge requires teams to achieve the same basic mission-oriented goals of hitting a precise altitude, landing within a specific flight time window, and returning a raw egg ("the astronaut") without cracking. Each year a unique task is also included.
Some of the key requirements this year include reaching an altitude of 750 feet, having the payload (egg) come down in 48-50 seconds intact, and placing the egg horizontally in the rocket.
Each year, the top 100 teams across the nation compete in a fly-off in Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia. This fly-off takes place on May 11, 2013. The La Mirada High School TARC team scored a 7 on this year's competition, advancing them to the finals in Virginia.
We are looking for funding for rocket supplies, transportation and hotel rooms for our competition. The breakdown of our costs for the 13 students and chaperones attending is as follows:
$75 for hotel room for 3 nights
$40 for transportation to and from the airport
$450 for a round trip flight to Virginia.
The total cost for the entire team is estimated to be $7500.
The top 10 winners of the Virginia competition are granted a share of $60,000 in scholarships and the top team goes to visit the President of the United States of America.
TARC helps advance science and technological education at La Mirada and we hope to see a TARC team to in all schools.
La Mirada High School's TARC members include:
Ã˜ Advisor: James Gallardo
· Kurush Dubash
· Hassaan Shakeel
· Emily De Boer
· Ryan Haro
· Akash Soma
· Zack Hart
· Fernando Tapia
· Ricky Jauregui
· Evan Klansek
· Kevin Lim
· Justin Gocho