More than 800 students at eighteen (18) Hunterdon middle schools have been busy learning about alternative energy and designing, building and testing solar powered model cars as part of the Hunterdon County Junior Solar Sprints education program coordinated by goHunterdon.
Approximately 60 interactive lessons have been provided by goHunterdon staff to students since October. Lessons include Solar Power and Green Energy Sources, Aerodynamics, Gears and Gear Ratios, Basics of Design, Building and Testing a Protoype Vehicle, and Speed.
Over the past several months, student teams have been designing and building their model cars in anticipation Hunterdon County Junior Solar Sprints Race Day 2019.
Teams will convene on May 17, 2019 to race their vehicles against one another and be judged on craftsmanship, engineering, best use of recycled materials, and documentation portfolio. Winners in each of these categories will be invited to the JSS regional competition at an Inter-County final competition.
Junior Solar Sprints programming is offered to Hunterdon schools free of charge thanks to the support of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the generosity of the following sponsors:
- 3M Foundation (3M Flemington)
- Altech Corp.-Flemington
- Argus Technology-Ringoes
- FirstEnergy Foundation (JCP&L)
- Green Power Energy-Clinton Twp.
- ExxonMobil Research & Engineering-Clinton Twp.
- Alexandria Middle School
- Bloomsbury Elementary School
- Califon Public School
- Clinton Public School
- Clinton Township Middle School
- East Amwell Township School
- Ethel Hoppock Middle School
- Frenchtown Elementary School
- High Bridge Middle School
- Holland Township School
- Immaculate Conception School
- Kingwood Township School
- Lambertville Public School
- Lebanon Township School
- Old Turnpike School
- Reading-Fleming Intermediate School
- Round Valley School
- Union Township School