Desert Valley High School Advances to National Finals of World’s Largest Rocket Contest




BRAWLEY – Desert Valley High School of Brawley is traveling to Washington D.C. for the Team America Rocketry Challenge final fly-off.

 The Rocketry Club from Desert Valley High School has qualified to compete in the national finals of the 14th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The team will face 99 of the top rocketry teams from across the country to claim the title of national champion. The TARC Final Fly-Off will take place May 14 at Great Meadow in the Plains, V.A., outside of Washington, D.C.

 “I’m very proud of the way the team has worked together this year,” said George Smith, DVHS teacher and club mentor. “They have spent a lot of time outside of school hours perfecting their rocketry skills. This will be a great experience for them.”

TARC is the aerospace and defense industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The competition challenges middle and high school students to design, build and fly a rocket that meets specific altitude and flight duration parameters. This year’s rules require a rocket carrying two raw eggs to reach 850 feet before returning the eggs to Earth, unbroken, all within 44 to 46 seconds.

This marks the 8th year that DVHS has competed in TARC and will be the 4th team to make the trip to Virginia. The last team to qualify was in 2014.

The team is now raising funds to pay for the trip to Virginia. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to “DVHS”, and sent to:

           Desert Valley High School / 480 N. Imperial Ave / Brawley, CA 92227

Desert Valley Rocketry will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes and scholarships, and the opportunity to represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at the Farnborough Air Show outside of London in July. At the international fly-off, teams from the United Kingdom, France and Japan will face the U.S. champions for the international title.

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry and more than 20 industry partners, TARC is the world’s largest rocket contest. Now in its fourteenth year, TARC has inspired more than 60,000 middle and high school students to explore education and careers in STEM fields. This year, 789 teams representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands designed and built model rockets in hopes of qualifying for the National Finals.

For more information about TARC 2016, please visit

George Smith can be reached at (760) 312-5107, or by email at


  1. Great work by Mr. Smith and the students and staff at Desert Valley. May this rocket experience propell the DV students to more challenges and success in the future. Good luck in the competition and a check is in the mail!!!!

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