For Grades
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8

JSS is an educational program for 5th through 8th grade students with the goal of creating the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted solar-vehicle possible. Students will design, build and race solar powered cars using hands-on engineering skills and principles of science and math, develop teamwork and problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on STEM skills. To register, scroll to the map and click on the link in your state to get started today!

To find program locations, click on a state in the map below or download a locations list.

You'll Get To...

  • work with teammates in designing and building a solar car using STEM skills
  • race your car at a TSA state event or Army-hosted event
  • design your car in a creative way
  • participate and compete at the national TSA conference against many other teams from across the country

Eligibility

  • 5th through 8th grade students are eligible

More Information

There is no fee to register. Once registered, access will be provided to the online resources.

Middle School Chapter Advisors:

Please continue to spread the word to your feeder elementary schools about this exciting Junior Solar Sprint opportunity for 5th and 6th graders housed in elementary schools. There is no fee for registering and once registered, you will be able to access all of the online resources for JSS.

JSS Jumpstart is an on-site elementary school based event which provides 5th and 6th grade students that are housed in elementary schools a fun, hands-on opportunity to learn more about solar and 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 will not be members of TSA and will not pay TSA any dues. JSS Jumpstart participants may not compete at TSA state conferences, however, teams 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 the elementary school selects.

Teachers, volunteers and participants participating in JSS Jumpstart will be required to register for no fee. Resources (the JSS competitive event guidelines/general rules) will be accessible once teachers have registered. They must adhere to all related rules and guidelines.

Contact Sue King about how to get started.

Information for Volunteers

The Junior Solar Sprint program is always looking for volunteers to help at JSS TSA state events (JSS is currently held at 22 state events), Army-hosted events, and the TSA national conference. Please email Sue King at sking@tsaweb.org for more information on where and how you can volunteer for JSS events.

Important Dates

September – April
Registration opens and online resources available
Begin planning for JSS implementation in classrooms or as afterschool activities

December - April
Access online resources to begin planning for design and build of solar car
Create design sketches and compile information for portfolio
Obtain solar panel kits

February - May
Participate in TSA state conferences and Army-hosted JSS events

June 27 - July 1, 2020
National JSS Competition at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call Sue King at 703-860-9000. We'd love to hear from you!

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    Program Locations

    Click a highlighted state to find a location near you

    Denver, CO
    Marriott Denver Tech Center

    Contact: Ashley Acuff
    Conference Dates: February 20 – February 22
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Orlando, FL
    DoubleTree by Hilton
    Contact: Justin Lauer
    Conference Dates: February 26- February 29
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Athens, GA
    The Classic Center
    Contact: Steve Price
    Conference Dates: March 12- March 14
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Twin Falls, ID
    The College of Southern Idaho
    Contact: Justin Touchstone
    Conference Dates: March 5 – March 7
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Kaysville, UT
    Davis Applied Technology College
    Contact: Michael Smoot
    Conference Dates: March 17- March 18
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Seattle, WA
    DoubleTree Seatac Hotel
    Contact: Jennifer Smith
    Conference Dates: March 18 – March 21
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort
    Contact: Tammy Vaught
    Conference Dates: TBD
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Waterville Valley, NH
    Waterville Valley Resort
    Contact: Ervin Connary
    Conference Dates: March 26 – March 27
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Salina, KS
    Webster Conference Center
    Contact: Byron McKay
    Conference Dates: April 8 – April 10
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Vicksburg, MS
    Vicksburg Convention Center
    Contact: Shanta Villanueva
    Conference Dates: TBD
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Ewing, NJ
    The College of New Jersey
    Contact: Alison Goeke 
    Conference Dates: Middle School – April 22
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Ripley, WV
    Ceder Lakes Conference Center

    Contact: Nicole Shipman
    Conference Dates: March 25 – March 28
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Greensboro, NC
    Contact: Jerianne Taylor
    Conference Dates: March 26 – Mach 28
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Forth Worth, TX
    Forth Worth Convention Center
    Contact: Pamela Cook
    Conference Dates: April 16 – April 18
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Norman, OK
    Embassy Suites
    Contact: Tami Redus
    Conference Dates: April 8 – April 10
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Altoona, IA
    Adventureland Resort
    Contact: Gene Olsen
    Conference Dates: TBD
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Champion, PA
    Seven Springs Resort, PA

    Contact: John Bratton
    Conference Dates: April 15 – April 18
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Lexington, KY
    Marriott Griffin Gate Resort
    Contact: Mark Harrell
    Conference Dates: April 13 – April 15
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Rolla, MO
    Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Contact: Byekwaso Gilbert
    Conference Dates: March 30 – March 31
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Birmingham, AL
    Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex

    Contact: Ben Scheierman
    Conference Dates: April 21 – April 22
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Harrington, DE
    State Fairgrounds
    Contact: Mike Fitzgerald
    Conference Dates: April 1 – April 2
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Hampton, VA
    Hampton Roads Convention Center, VA

    Contact: B.J. Scott
    Conference Dates: May 1 – May 3
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    TBD
    Contact: Geoff Bernstein
    Conference Dates: March 21
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

     

    Little Rock, AR
    University of Arkansas
    Contact: Jami Eubanks
    Conference Dates: February 8 – February 19
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    West Hartford, CT
    Conard High School

    Contact: Jim Hutson
    Conference Dates: TBD
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Bloomington, IL
    The Chateau Hotel & Conference Center
    Contact: Chris Merrill
    Conference Dates: TBD
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Muncie, IN
    Ball State University 
    Conference Dates: March 8
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Billings, MT
    Montana Pavillion, Metra Park
    Contact: Kirk Woosley
    Conference Dates: TBD
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Mandan, ND
    Baymont Inn and Conference Center

    Contact: Don Fischer
    Conference Dates: March 21 – March 24
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Los Lunas, NM
    Lost Lunas High School
    Contact: Ciara Graham
    Conference Dates: March 12 – March 14
    High school May 2
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Hamilton, OH
    D. Russell Lee Career and Technology Center, Butler Tech
    Contact: Lee Corder
    Conference Dates: TBD
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Boardman, OR
    BMCC Workforce Training Center
    Contact: Chris Tuason
    Conference Dates: April 25
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Rhode Island
    Scituate High School

    Contact: Shannon Donovan
    Conference Dates: TBD
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Chattanooga, TN
    Chattanooga Convention Center

    Contact: Brittany Debity-Barker
    Conference Dates: April 1 – April 4
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    TBD

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