Junior Solar Sprint

The Technology Student Association administers Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) with a grant awarded by the United States Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).  In addition to serving as an online resource center for Junior Solar Sprint for educators, JSS is an official TSA middle school event. Learn more about AEOP in this video.

Supported by the U.S. Army since 2001, Junior Solar Sprint offers resources to empower teachers, mentors, and other community members to engage 5th through 8th grade students 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.

Here are the 2018 Junior Solar Sprint finalists. announced at the 2018 National TSA Conference in Atlanta, GA:


Junior Solar Sprint (MS)
Place School Name Team # State
1 Blacksburg Middle School 1 VA
2 Stroudsburg Junior High 1 PA
3 Louisa Boren K-8 STEM 1 WA
4 Whatcom Middle School 1 WA
5 Cross Keys Middle School 1 MO
6 Colonial Middle School 1 PA
7 Pleasant View Middle School 1 CO
8 Ten Oaks Middle School 1 SC
9 Northwestern Middle School 3 OH
10 Northwestern Middle School 1



Online resources for JSS include 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 JSS to youth in their community.

To get up to speed on JSS, see the webinar, “Junior Solar Sprint: Design and Fabrication Concepts,” in which subject matter expert Bob Walters covers everything from size and materials to construction and aerodynamics, and answers participant questions.

JSS 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/c5qbcc. Please ensure that the following is completed before your state conference: 

  1. 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/c5qbcc to register.

  1. Teachers with students participating in JSS, are also required to register through the online AEOP registration tool (http://www.cvent.com/d/c5qbcc). Participant feedback is very important to both TSA and the AEOP, and will help improve the JSS program in the future. 

Please contact Sue King at sking@tsaweb.org for more information.