Junior Solar Sprint

Program Overview

volunteersJunior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a free educational program for 5th through 8th grade students where students design, build and race solar powered cars using hands-on engineering skills and principles of science and math. Students develop teamwork and problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to create the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible. JSS is designed to support the instruction of STEM in categories such as alternative fuels, engineering design, and aerodynamics. Students who are part of a registered Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter or who compete at an approved Army host site are eligible to compete in JSS. Teams must follow the official TSA middle school competition rules when competing in JSS.

JSS was a fun and educational experience. I enjoyed engineering an effective car, modeling it, and creating it. I would recommend this program.


The competition has been managed by the AEOP for more than 10 years, and has been administered by TSA since 2011.

History of the JSS Program

Originally created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the 1980’s, Junior Solar Sprint has been supported with funding from the US Army Educational Outreach Program since 2001. The Technology Student Association (TSA) has administered the JSS program since 2011. In 2014, JSS became an official TSA middle school competition and the first national JSS competition was held at the national TSA conference in Washington, DC.


National JSS Competition

The 2016 national JSS competition will be held in conjunction with the national TSA conference, June 28 – July 2, 2015 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. More information on the national JSS competition will be available in spring 2016.


The first national JSS competition was held in 2014 in conjunction with the national TSA conference in Washington DC, June 27 – July 1, 2014. Over 60 teams competed in the event.



Apr-Jun: Participate in local and regional JSS races
Aug-Jun: Online resources available
Nov-May: Webinars and local training for students and teachers/coaches
Jan-Mar: Complete JSS lesson plans
Create design sketches and team journal
Obtain solar panels/car kits
Feb-May: Participate in local and regional competitions
Jun: National JSS Competition



Aberdeen Proving Ground (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD)

Competition Date: April 11, 2015

U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (Huntsville, AL)

Competition Date: May 16, 2015

U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (Picatinny Arsenal, NJ)

Competition Date: May 26-27, 2015


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