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 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 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
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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    Program Locations

    Click a highlighted state to find a location near you

    Denver, CO
    Contact: Tony Raymond
    Conference Dates: February 21 – February 23
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    West Melbourne, FL
    Contact: Justin Lauer
    Conference Dates: February 27- March 2
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Cocoa, FL
    Contact: Susan Schleith at susan@fsec.ucf.edu
    Teacher Workshop: March 9, 2019
    Student Competition: May 4, 2019
    Register Here

    Acworth, GA
    Contact: Steve Price
    Conference Dates: March 14- March 16
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Boise, ID
    Contact: Justin Touchstone
    Conference Dates: March 7- March 9
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Draper, UT
    Contact: Michael Smoot
    Conference Dates: March 19- March 20
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Goldendale, WA
    Contact: Jennifer Smith
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Columbia, SC
    Contact: Tammy Vaught
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Dummer, NH
    Contact: Ervin Connary
    Conference Dates: April 4 – April 5
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Leavenworth, KS
    Contact: Ruth Striggow
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Jackson, MS
    Contact: Shanta Villanueva
    Conference Dates: March 26 – March 28
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Vicksburg, MS
    TBD

    Ewing, NJ
    Contact: Alison Goeke 
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Picatinny Arsenal, NJ
    TBD

    Glen Dale, WV
    Contact: Nicole Shipman
    Conference Dates: March 28 – March 30
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Boone, NC
    Contact: Jerianne Taylor
    Conference Dates: April 3 – April 5
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    El Paso, TX
    Contact: Pamela Cook
    Conference Dates: April 25 – April 27
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Stillwater, OK
    Contact: Dawn Frank
    Conference Dates: April 10 – April 12
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Leon, IA
    Contact: Gene Olsen
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Beaver Falls, PA
    Contact: Dale Moll
    Conference Dates: April 10 – April 13
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Frankfort, KY
    Contact: Mark Harrell
    Conference Dates: April 22 – April 24
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Jefferson City, MO
    Contact: Tom Schlimpert
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Montgomery, AL
    Contact: Ben Scheierman
    Conference Dates: April 23 – April 24
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Dover, DE
    Contact: Mike Fitzgerald
    Conference Dates: April 3 – April 4
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Petersburg, VA
    Contact: B.J. Scott
    Conference Dates: May 3 – May 5
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Severna Park, MD
    Contact: Geoff Bernstein
    Conference Dates: March 23
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
    Contact: Matt Kiefert
    Competition Date: April 13
    Register Here

    TBD
    Contact: Jami Eubanks
    Conference Dates: April 2
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Dayville, CT
    Contact: Jim Hutson
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Normal, IL
    Contact: Chris Merrill
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Valparaiso, IN
    Contact: Mary Rinehart
    Conference Dates: March 8
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Billings, MT
    Contact: Kirk Woosley
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Bismarck, ND
    Contact: Don Fischer
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Portales, NM
    Contact: Christine Phipps
    Conference Dates: March 15 – March 16
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Ithaca, NY
    Contact: David Buchner
    Conference Dates: June 22, DeWitt Middle School
    Register Here
    *Do not have to be a TSA member to participate at this event, but must be a TSA member to participate at the national event in June

    Hamilton, OH
    Contact: Lee Corder
    Conference Dates: March 30
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Heppner, OR
    Contact: Dave Fowler
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    East Providence, RI
    Contact: John Marsula
    Conference Dates: TBD
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate

    Nashville, TN
    Contact: Tracy Whitehead
    Conference Dates: April 3 – April 6
    Register Here
    *Must be a TSA member to participate