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TSA developed an online resource center for Junior Solar Sprint for educators funded by a grant awarded by the United States Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).
Funded by the US Army since 2001, Junior Solar Sprint offers resources to empower teachers, mentors, and other community members to engage 4th-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.
During the 2012-213 program year, TSA enhanced the structure and reach of Junior Solar Sprint to align the program with the Army’s goal of having a national impact on STEM education. The online resource center 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.
Online teacher/mentor tutorials and an online competition were also introduced in the 2012-2013 program year. Junior Solar Sprint is now an official TSA middle school competitive event. TSA’s vision for long-term sustainability involves creating a network of local and regional competitions that will culminate in a national championship event concurrent with the Technology Student Association’s annual conference.
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