Junior Solar Sprint is a STEM program for middle school youth who design, build, and race model solar electric cars.
The Junior Solar Sprint program (JSS) was first developed by the U.S. Department of Energy in the early 1990s and is open to young people between the ages of 10 and 14 who design, build, and race their own model solar electric cars with the guidance of teachers, troupe leaders, parents and other helpful adult mentors. Teams use a standard photovoltaic solar panel, motor, rules and appropriate instruction, and create the fastest, coolest car they can. Age appropriate competition makes youth visibly eager to calculate speed, design creative products, and perform friction experiments while exploring the science and benefits of solar energy. The program offers educators a stimulating, motivating, experiential method of teaching STEM subjects and provides opportunities for young people to develop hands on skills as engineers, craft persons, scientists, and future renewable energy engineers.
Results and Resources for the 2014 RI Junior Solar Sprint: Saturday, June 7th at Deering Middle School in West Warwick!
- Carbon Travels
- Chimacum JSS Curriculum Guide
- JSS Classroom Investigations
- Inside Tips
- Intro To Building a Modular Solar Car
- JSS Car Diagram
- JSS Solar Panels
- Educational Links
- Car Building Tutorial
- Planet Connecticut
- So… You Want to Build a Solar Car
- Gears and Drive Belts
- Teacher & Mentor Guide
- Understanding Gears