Junior Solar Sprints
Hunterdon Junior Solar Sprints Teachers and Students,
Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the associated restrictions on public gatherings, the 2020 Junior Solar Sprints (JSS) divisional and inter-county final races, including the Hunterdon Junior Solar Sprints Race on May 15, 2020 are cancelled.
We know that many of you have spent countless classroom and after-school hours putting the work in to build great cars and compete successfully. We are so very sorry that we won’t be able to see the fruits of that labor this year.
We too put time into kit preparation and delivery, workshops, lessons, fundraising, and program support that we hoped would lead up to one of our best JSS years yet.
To all of the dedicated teachers, students, mentors, parents, and support staff, we cannot thank you enough for your efforts and dedication this school year.
We are working to adapt to the new online learning environment. Our goal is to develop digital content and additional activities for students. Please let us know if there are particular topics (air quality, greenhouse gases, alternative fuels, electric vehicles) that would be particularly beneficial to you and your students. You may reach Jodi Betterman via email, firstname.lastname@example.org I may be reached via email, email@example.com or cell phone, 908.930.9053.
On behalf of Jodi Bettermann, goHunterdon Environmental Education Coordinator, and all of us at goHunterdon, we wish good health to you, your families, and your entire school community.
Students learn best by “doing”. Junior Solar Sprints (JSS) is a competition based S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) curriculum program. Junior Solar Sprints (JSS) engages students to design, build and race solar-powered model cars with materials provided free of charge. The program is available to Hunterdon students in Grades 6-8.
Student teams are provided with a basic kit of materials needed to build their race cars (wheels, axles, gears, motors, and solar panels). Beyond these materials, students may use anything they like to design and build their vehicle.
Over the course of several months, students participate in interactive lessons on Solar Power and Green Energy Sources, Aerodynamics, Gears and Gear Ratios, Basics of Design, Building and Testing a Prototype Vehicle, and Speed. Lessons are provided by trained staff. Junior Solar Sprints programming may be incorporated into classroom curriculum or used as part of an after school club.
After months of building, testing and experimentation, students compete for the fastest, most-innovative and best-engineered vehicles on JSS Race Day.
Student teams from around Hunterdon County come together in May, at a local school location, to race their vehicles against one another. Student cars are judged in five different categories: speed, craftsmanship, engineering, best use of recycled materials, and documentation portfolio. Winners in each of these categories are invited to the JSS regional competition at an Inter-County final competition.
2020 Participating Schools
- Alexandria Middle School
- Califon Public School
- Clinton Public School
- East Amwell Township School
- Franklin Township School
- Frenchtown Elementary School
- Immaculate Conception School
- Kingwood Township School
- Lambertville Public School
- Woodglen School, Lebanon Township
- Reading-Fleming Intermediate School
- Round Valley School
- Union Township School