Calling all engineers and scientists at the nation's Big Ten universities!

Are you ready to blast your way to becoming a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title holder and compete for the opportunity to win $25,000?


Bayer is partnering with the Big Ten Conference to attempt the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Highest launch of an Alka-Rocket.* The Challenge is open exclusively to teams of students from each of the 14 universities in the Big Ten Conference.

Teams have until September 29, 2017 to register and submit their design to the Challenge judges including Cliff Ransom, Executive Editor of Scientific American Custom Media, and Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female NASA astronaut to go into space. These judges will determine the finalists based on design, execution and creativity.

On November 8th, the four finalist teams will gather at the Houston Space Center, in Houston, Texas, to launch their rockets and determine who will be the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title holder for the Highest launch of an Alka-Rocket.

Click here for a complete list of important dates, rules, and guidelines

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