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

AEOP requires that TSA gather information on students participating in JSS to provide registration and evaluation data through the JSS Cvent registration site developed by TSA and the AEOP. (Please ensure that all teachers and/or advisors, volunteers. and participants are registering on that site, prior to the state TSA conference. 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.) Participant feedback is very important to TSA and AEOP, and will help improve JSS. Please contact Sue King for more information.

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2018 Junior Solar Sprint (#JSS) at National TSA Conference (Mandatory Photo Courtesy TSAweb.org & usaeop.org)
2018 Junior Solar Sprint (#JSS) at National TSA Conference (Mandatory Photo Courtesy TSAweb.org & usaeop.org)  4

See more images here. Supported by the U.S. Army since 2001, JSS 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. The 2019 Junior Solar Sprint finalists will be announced at the 2019 National TSA Conference, scheduled for June 28th- July 2nd near Washington, D.C. 

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 community youth. 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 Jumpstart
An onsite, elementary school-based event which provides elementary level 5th and 6th grade students a fun, JSS Jumpstart is a hands-on opportunity to learn more about solar and renewable energy by building solar powered cars. There is no fee to participate in JSS Jumpstart; however, participants will need to purchase their own supplies. JSS Jumpstart participants are not members of TSA and will not pay TSA any dues. JSS Jumpstart participants may not compete at state TSA conferences, but they may participate at the National TSA Conference at their own expense. The participation will be at the middle school level, limited to one team per elementary school, which will be selected by the elementary school. Teachers, volunteers, and participants in JSS Jumpstart will be required to register on the AEOP JSS Cvent registration site (no fee). The JSS competitive event guidelines/general rules will be accessible, once teachers have registered. Registrants and participants must adhere to all related rules and guidelines. 

2018 Finalists:

Junior Solar Sprint (MS)
PlaceSchool NameTeam #State 
1Blacksburg Middle School1VA 
2Stroudsburg Junior High1PA 
3Louisa Boren K-8 STEM1WA 
4Whatcom Middle School1WA 
5Cross Keys Middle School1MO 
6Colonial Middle School1PA 
7Pleasant View Middle School1CO 
8Ten Oaks Middle School1SC 
9Northwestern Middle School3OH 
10Northwestern Middle School1OH 

 

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