Junior Solar Sprint


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 now an 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.

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.

Junior Solar Sprint is an official TSA middle school competitive event, and the AEOP grant is supporting JSS race events at local Army locations. Winners of the Army-hosted competitions will participate in the national JSS competition held annually at the national TSA conference.  

Please contact Megan Honour, mhonour@tsaweb.org for more information.