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2018 Junior Solar Sprint (#JSS) at National TSA Conference (Mandatory Photo Courtesy & 5

Sep 18, 2018, 09:19 AM by Sudha Kamath
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The Technology Student Association (TSA) administers Junior Solar Sprint (#JSS) with a grant awarded by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (#USAEOP), to serve as an online resource center for educators, and as an official TSA competitive event. Register for the race through the JSS Cvent website.

See Online Resources for JSS such as educational materials, supplementary instructional videos, connections to outside resources, and "how to" guides to implement curriculum and races. Learn more about the competition in the webinars: "JSS: Basic Concepts," and “JSS: Design and Fabrication Concepts,” by Bob Walters. See more JSS images and check out the latest competition coverage below in "JSS in the Spotlight."

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. 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 JSS finalists will be announced at the 2019 National TSA Conference, June 28July 2 near Washington, D.C. 

AEOP requires TSA gather information on students participating in JSS to provide registration and evaluation data through the Cvent registration site, developed by TSA and 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.

JSS Jumpstart

The onsite, elementary school-based event provides elementary level 5th and 6th grade students a fun, hands-on opportunity to learn more about 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 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 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 Junior Solar Sprint Finalists

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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