Tuscaloosa Rocketry Challenge

The Tuscaloosa Rocketry Challenge (TRC) is a joint outreach event hosted by ARA, ARES, and Students for the Exploration and Development of Space in collaboration the UA Honors College. Middle school students throughout Tuscaloosa County are introduced to rockets, space history, and the scientific method over the course of a week. They go on to apply what they have learned in an exciting, hands-on water rocket tournament. Winners from each middle school go on to compete in a county-wide final on UA’s campus at the end of the semester. In the 2016-17 academic year, six schools participated, with approximately 1200 middle school students taking part in the competition. This year, 11 middle schools from the surrounding Tuscaloosa county are taking part in the excitement of TRC with over 60 volunteers taking part in the program.




The ARES Initiative participates in the annual Women in STEM day, hosted by the Alabama chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Girl Scout troops from throughout Tuscaloosa County visit campus to learn about careers in STEM fields through a series of breakout sessions that include engineering and science challenges. ARES members host the Fundamentals of Rockets breakout session, where girls learn how rockets work as well as the challenges involved with building them.



worlds of work

The annual Worlds of Work Career Expo brings thousands of 8th grade and high school students from across West Alabama to learn about the many industries that drive the state’s economy. They are introduced to a variety of available career paths, many of which they may not have been aware of. Along with other design teams from the UA College of Engineering, ARES promotes higher education as a pathway to exciting careers in the space industry.