Registration is Open!
Register by November 29, 2019 on Cvent* for the 2019–2020 Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) competition, which is administered by the Technology Student Association (TSA) with a grant awarded by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).
Once you have registered, if you are a middle school TSA chapter advisor, you can receive two FREE PITSCO Ray Catcher Sprint Kits. (If you're an advisor at a Title 1 school, you can receive up to five free kits.) Each kit, which contains a solar panel, electric motor, and a pair of small alligator clips for easy hookup, meets the minimum specifications for JSS.
Share your Story
In addition, consider sharing your JSS team stories and images with us by uploading your files. They could be featured in the new, JSS e-newsletter, "The Mile Marker." See and share the October and November editions.
Supported by the U.S. Army since 2001, JSS offers resources to empower teachers, mentors, and other community members to engage fifth through eighth 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 vehicles possible. JSS provides an online resource center for educators, and is an official TSA competition.
JSS allows for collaboration, inquiry, and the opportunity to explore STEM Learning and Careers. Once registered for JSS, you will receive access to online resources such as an e-newsletter, educational materials, supplementary instructional videos, connections to outside resources, and "how to" guides to implement curriculum and races. And gear up for the competition by watching three, free webinars hosted by Bob Walters:
About JSS Jumpstart
Are you a teacher in a fifth or sixth grade class, based in an elementary school, who wants to give your students a jump start on JSS? Learn more about JSS Jumpstart.
JSS National Finalists
The 2019 JSS finals were held and the winners were announced at the 2019 National TSA Conference near Washington, D.C:
- Howell Middle School South, NJ
- Joan MacQueen Middle School, CA
- Daniel Boone Middle School, PA
- Mclane Middle School. FL
- Buffalo Creek Middle School, FL
- Kilmer Middle School, VA
- Pacific Horizons School, American Samoa (AS)
- Louise R. Johnson Middle School, FL
- Cheyenne Middle School, OK
- Strayer Middle School, PA
JSS in the Spotlight
See more JSS images and check out the latest competition coverage from coast-to-coast:
- California: JSS Sparks Students' Interest in Renewable Energy
- California: Moving Society Forward with JSS
- Colorado: Snow Doesn't Put the Brakes on JSS
- Delaware: Addressing Future Energy Needs with JSS
- Delaware: Harnessing the Energy of the Sun with JSS
- Delaware: Students Race into STEM with JSS
- Georgia: Experiencing Junior Solar Sprint Firsthand
- Virginia: JSS and the Science of Solar
- Virginia: JSS Fuels STEM Concepts and Beyond
AEOP Blogs on JSS
AEOP JSS Alumni Profiles