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
- 5th through 8th grade students are eligible
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 on the Cvent link 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 on the AEOP JSS Cvent registration site(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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on where and how you can volunteer for JSS events.
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
National JSS Competition in Washington D.C.
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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