Junior Solar Sprints

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

Sustainable Hunterdon

For more information about
Sustainable Hunterdon contact
Jodi Bettermann 
(908) 788-5553