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Spaces Available for Teams Requiring a Rocket: 27
Registered Teams Needing a Rocket (max. 100): 73 (status: open)
- LOC IV Bodies Assigned (max. 50): 38 (status: open)
- Graduator Bodies Assigned (max. 50): 35 (status: open)
Registered Teams Supplying a Rocket (max. unlimited): 2 (status: open)
Total Teams Registered: 75


This year's Central New York Rocket Team Challenge is set for Saturday, June 4

The 2016 Central New York Rocket Team Challenge will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Syracuse University's Skytop Office Park. Here are the things participants need to know. Click on the links above for more information.


  • The competition is open to students in grades four through 12
  • Teams must have at least four members and cannot have more than eight members
  • All team members are expected to attend the launch on June 4


  • The MOST supplies one rocket kit per team
  • We offer two times for material pickup: 3 to 5 p.m. on either Thursday, April 14, or Thursday, April 28, at the MOST
  • If you cannot pick up materials at either of those dates, you must make arrangements with event director Peter Plumley for pickup. He can be reached at
  • At the competition, each team will receive an engine, one "eggstronaut" (don't drop it!), and a prepackaged amount of wadding to use in the rocket


  • Registration will be opened in late March
  • Registration is limited to two teams per grade level per school, with a maximum of six teams per school
  • We have kits for 100 teams, 50 for graduator rockets and 50 for LOC IV rockets
  • We will create a waiting list for additional teams from schools that have reached their maximum and teams that registered after 100 teams have signed up
  • After May 1, any unclaimed rocket kits will be given to teams on the waiting list. Priority will be given to teams from schools or organizations with no other teams in the competition.
  • Schools can register additional teams above the limit if they reuse a rocket, purchase their own rocket kits, or use rocket kits they picked up in previous years but never used
  • If you have never participated in rockets before, you must contact event director Peter Plumley at to obtain a website login
  • Once you have the login or if you have participated before, click on the Team Registration link at the top of the page
  • Please complete all information, including the addresses of the students participating
  • REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 15 or when all rocket kits have been distributed. THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSIONS OR LATE REGISTRATION.


  • Every participating student receives a Certificate of Participation
  • The top four teams in each division, junior for middle school students and senior for high school students, receive a plaque and team members receive a medallion. The plaque should reside at the associated team school or organization.
  • There are special awards given to the rockets that flew the highest, landed farthest and closest to the launch site, best name, and more
  • Participants are expected to remain until the awards ceremony

Odds & Ends:

  • The event is slated for June 4, 2016; rain date is June 5, 2016
  • For more information on building rockets and what happens on the day of the event, click on the links above
  • The MOST provides breakfast and a pizza lunch for all participants. Soda will be available for purchase.
  • If you have questions, contact event director Peter Plumley at


  • Rocket Team Challenge is organized by the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology and Syracuse University's College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Major funding is provided by Lockheed Martin
  • Additional sponsors include NASA New York Space Grant, Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds, and the Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY)

Graduator Rocket Body

LOC IV Rocket Body

Teams Currently Registered:

2 Hot 2 Handle
Always Forward
Auburn Junior Highschool 7th grade
Auburn Junior Highschool 8th grade Team
BSA Troop 8 Ilion
Crimson Phoenix
Down Unders 1
Down Unders 2
Dzielak-ettes' Rockets
Ed Smith - Grade 6
Ed Smith - Grade 7a
Ed Smith - Grade 7b
Ed Smith - Grade 8
Genesis Flyer
Girl Scout Troop 10807 Team 1
Girl Scout Troop 10807 Team 2
Homeschool Rocketeers
Imperial Destroyers
ITC Rocketeers
Killer Pi
lighting bolt
Lincoln 1
Lincoln 2
Lincoln 3
Making It Happen
NASA: Not A Space Association 1959
OHMS Team 1
OHMS Team 2
OKC Thunder
Pine Grove #1
Pine Grove #2
Ricocheting Rebellion Rockets
Rocket Something
Rocket team 4
Rocket team 5
Rocket to Mars
S.T.A.R. L.A.W.S.
Starbusters 2
Syracuse Cadet Squadron
Team Warrior
The Blasters
The Cabinet
The Internationauts
The Nightingales
The Radical Rocketeers
The Rocket and Rollers
The Soaring Maroons
The Thunder Cookies
We ARE rocket scientists
West Genesee 6th-1
West Genesee 6th-2
West Genesee 7th
West Genesee 8th
YMCA East 1
YMCA East 2
YMCA East 3
YMCA Northwest 1
YMCA Northwest 2
YMCA Northwest 3
Zulu Nation


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