Army Educational Outreach Program: Junior Solar Sprint (JSS)

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a competition for middle school students to create the fastest, most interesting and best crafted solar-vehicle possible.

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, 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

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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 students participating in JSS Jumpstart will be required to register without a 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.

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

K-6, Middle School
5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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