Junior Solar Sprint 2005
The Boston Area Solar Energy Association
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Environmental Program Office
MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment
Model solar car competition
The Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a national hands-on educational program that encourages students to develop theoretical and applied engineering skills. Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade have the opportunity to design, build, and race solar powered model cars. The top 100 cars from participating Eastern Massachusetts schools compete in area competition sponsored by BASEA and this year by MIT. The top 20 area cars in the categories of technical merit, creativity, performance and craftsmanship move on to compete in the New England Regional Race, hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.
JSS was originally created by the United States Department of Energy in an effort to educate young people about renewable energy and the environment. Since its inception in 1990, the program has moved from a predominantly publicly funded program to an almost entirely privately funded program.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Working in teams of 2-4, each team is provided with a kit consisting of a solar panel and a motor. The students design the chassis and the transmission and build them out of any materials they wish. The finished car must be able to carry a payload of an empty soda can and must have a removable solar panel. The Eastern MA race follow the Northeast JSS rules, which can be found at http://www.nesea.org/education/jss/rules.html.
In order to participate in the JSS your school must submit a registration form by Friday, May 7th. The top cars from each of the participating schools are invited to the Eastern MA race. Schools with 1 to 25 teams may send up to 4 teams. Schools with more than 25 teams may send up to 20% of their teams. If you are interested in sending additional teams, please contact us soon. For registration information contact David McNair .
BASEA provides volunteer mentors that can meet with teachers and students at the participating schools to teach about the design process and assist in the use of tools to construct the cars. BASEA also offers a teacher training workshop each spring. Teachers who attend the workshop will receive the “starter” curriculum and other information, including easy- to- follow ti
BASEA administers the JSS program solely through the efforts of volunteers. Volunteer mentors Other volunteers devote their time and energy to ensure that the Area Race, with over 400 students, runs smoothly. Volunteer administrators personally contact over 85 teachers, attend science fairs, run teacher-mentor workshops and make presentations about JSS to various educational groups. In addition to volunteering, you can also help us by...
If you are interested in assisting with the 2005 JSS , please email David McNair.
A typical race day schedule:
10:00 - 11:00 Registration and Inspection
Special Thanks to 2004 Volunteers and Participants!
BASEA had over twenty schools and 500 students participate in the 2004 JSS. BASEA wishes to thank all of the schools, teachers and mentors who participated in the program, all of the volunteers who donated their time and energy to make this program possible, and the MIT K-12 program and Athletic Department for supporting the program and providing the race track facilities.
BASEA Junior Solar Sprint
Page Updated 25 March 2005