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 is an onsite, elementary school-based event which provides elementary level 5th and 6th grade students a fun, 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.
JSS and National Event Registration
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 both TSA and AEOP, and will help improve JSS. Please contact Sue King at firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Here are the 2018 finalists:
|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||OH|||