The 2020 Junior Solar Sprint competition, scheduled to take place in Nashville, Tennessee at the 2020 national TSA conference, will not be held as scheduled as a result of the cancellation of the national TSA conference.
Registration is Open!
Remember to register on Cvent for the 2019–2020 Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) competition. TSA middle school chapter advisors, once you have registered, you can receive all these FREE benefits while supplies last:
- two PITSCO Ray Catcher Sprint Kits;
- a new, large poster to display your JSS team pride in your classroom;
- and access to online resources* to support JSS and STEM curriculum!
After you have registered on Cvent, email SKing@tsaweb.org to request the poster and two free kits. (If you are a TSA middle school chapter advisor at a Title 1 school, or an elementary school interested in bringing JSS Jumpstart to fifth and sixth graders, your school 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.
Go to this webpage and click on Junior Solar Sprint for the latest competition updates.
Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) Cvent Registration FAQs
Share your Story
In addition, consider sending your JSS team story and images to us. They could be featured in the new JSS e-newsletter, "The Mile Marker." See and share the latest editions. Check out the 2018 and 2019 National JSS Competition Facebook albums.
JSS is administered by the Technology Student Association (TSA) with a grant awarded by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). 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.
Educator resources, competitions regulations, syllabus, rubric, and race day guidelines can be found here. Gear up for the competition by watching three, free webinars and a video hosted by Bob Walters:
- JSS: Basic Concepts
- JSS: Design and Fabrication Concepts
- JSS: Making Vehicles Competitive
- New! JSS: Tips and Techniques - Designing and Building
JSS also allows for collaboration, inquiry, and the opportunity to explore STEM Learning and Careers.
Once registered for JSS, you will receive access to more online resources.
See more JSS images and check out the latest competition coverage from coast-to-coast:
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.