It actually IS rocket science! Student Launch is a 9-month long challenge that tasks student teams from across the U.S. to design, build, test, and launch a high-powered rocket carrying a scientific or engineering payload. It is a hands-on, research-based, engineering activity and culminates each year with a final launch in Huntsville, Alabama home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The activity offers multiple challenges reaching a broad audience colleges and universities as well as middle and high school aged students across the nation.
This document is an informational tool only and does not serve as an instructional guide to building a rocket. Please consult an experienced rocketeer for instructional guidance. Have fun, be safe, and welcome to the world of high-power rockets!
Video Series Playlist
Here you will find a brief video series that will introduce the many elements of high-power rocketry, from materials to launch safety.
Official NASA MSFC photos of the 2023 Student Rocket Launch week
Please direct questions and inquiries regarding registration, competition operations or logistics to the challenge organizers listed below.
Fred Kepner NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Office of STEM Engagement Mail Code CS60 Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812 Email: Fred.Kepner@nasa.gov
Members of the news media interested in attending the NASA Student Launch activities or interviewing participants before or during the event should contact Chris Blair in the Marshall Center’s Public & Employee Communications Office.
Chris Blair NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Public Affairs Office Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812 Phone: 256-544-0034 Email:email@example.com
Authentic, hands-on learning experiences give students in middle school all the way through graduate school a chance to flex their design and engineering skills as they build and launch high-powered rockets, design robots capable of mining the Moon’s surface or traversing difficult lunar terrain, create human-powered rovers, and test technologies and tools to assist future astronauts working on the Moon.