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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)

Free Kits

PITSCO Ray Catcher Sprint KitOnce 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. 


About JSS

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. 


Online Resources
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:

  1. JSS: Basic Concepts
  2. JSS: Design and Fabrication Concepts
  3. JSS: Making Vehicles Competitive

JSS Jumpstart Coatesville ASD PAAbout 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:

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  1. Howell Middle School South, NJ
  2. Joan MacQueen Middle School, CA
  3. Daniel Boone Middle School, PA
  4. Mclane Middle School. FL
  5. Buffalo Creek Middle School, FL
  6. Kilmer Middle School, VA
  7. Pacific Horizons School, American Samoa (AS)
  8. Louise R. Johnson Middle School, FL
  9. Cheyenne Middle School, OK
  10. Strayer Middle School, PA

JSS in the Spotlight

See more JSS images and check out the latest competition coverage from coast-to-coast: 

AEOP Blogs on JSS

AEOP JSS Alumni Profiles

*Participant feedback is very important to TSA and AEOP, and will help improve JSS. AEOP requires TSA to gather information on students participating in JSS to provide registration and evaluation data through Cvent registration, developed by 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.) Please contact JSS Manager Sue King for more information.