TSA administers the Junior Solar Sprint with a grant awarded by the United States Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). In addition to an online resource center for Junior Solar Sprint for educators, JSS is official TSA middle school event. Learn more about the AEOP at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB30XYFq96A.
Supported by the US Army since 2001, Junior Solar Sprint offers resources to empower teachers, mentors, and other community members to engage 5th-8th grade youth in the designing, building, and racing of model solar cars. Through JSS, students develop teamwork and problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on STEM skills to build the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible. JSS challenges students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork.
The online resources for Junior Solar Sprint includes educational materials, supplementary instructional videos, connections to outside resources, and ‘how to’ guides to implement curriculum and races – everything needed for a teacher or mentor to bring Junior Solar Sprint to youth in their community.
Junior Solar Sprint State and National Event Registration
The AEOP requires that TSA collect information on students participating in JSS to provide registration and evaluation data on participants. This year, all data collection and evaluation of JSS participants is conveniently being done online through a registration tool developed by TSA and the AEOP. The link to this registration can be found at http://www.cvent.com/d/h4qh69. Please ensure that the following is completed before your state conference:
- Students competing in Junior Solar Sprint at their state TSA conference are required to register through the online AEOP registration tool.
Students can fill out the registration on their own but will need a parent/legal guardian’s digital signature on the “Additional Information” page of the registration. Parents/legal guardians are allowed to fill out the registration on their student’s behalf, but should keep in mind that responses should reflect the student’s information, not their own. For example, the student’s birth date should be entered in the “Date of Birth” field, not the parent’s date of birth. Visit http://www.cvent.com/d/h4qh69 to register.
- Teacher with students participating in JSS, are also required to register through the online AEOP registration tool (http://www.cvent.com/d/h4qh69). Participant's feedback is very important to both TSA and the AEOP and will help improve the JSS program in the future.
Please contact Megan Honour, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.