Junior Solar Sprints

Teacher Workshops

2015 JSS Teacher Workshops will be held the following days. This year we will be pairing an "Intro to JSS" workshop with a follow-up "Teach, Design, Build" workshop. The introductory workshop will provide guidance for participation, including the rules of JSS, required paperwork and other aspects of the program. Key takeaways from the "Teach, Design, Build" workshop will include classroom activities to bolster students' comprehension and hands-on demonstrations to give teachers additional skills and experience to assist in troubleshooting and problem-solving. All workshops are held in the TransOptions conference room.

Monday, October 12 (9am-noon) - Intro to JSS
Monday, October 19 (9am-noon) - Teach Design Build
Tuesday, November 3 (noon-3pm) - Intro to JSS
Wednesday, November 18 (noon-3pm) - Teach, Design, Build
Thursday, December 3 (3pm-6pm) - Intro to JSS
Thursday, December 10 (3pm-6pm) - Teach, Design, Build

Register here.

Junior Solar Sprints Race

Going SolarBelieving that our youth, especially those in their middle school years, are the biggest proponents of change, in 2001 TransOptions began searching for a program that would introduce students to alternatives to the use of gasoline as a transportation fuel. What we found was an outstanding educational program known as Junior Solar Sprints (JSS). Like all of TransOptions’ Environmental Education programs, JSS  correlates to NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards.

What is it?The Junior Solar Sprints program is a perfect example of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. JSS engages students to design, build and race solar-powered model cars with materials (including solar panels) that TransOptions provides, free of charge.

After months of building, testing and experimentation, students compete for the fastest, most-innovative and best-engineered vehicles. The winners from these division races go on to compete against the best-of-the best at our Inter-County final competition.

Who can participate?Middle School students (grade 6-8) from Morris, Sussex, Warren and suburban Essex, Passaic and Union Counties are eligible to participate in the program which culminates each May in five division races.

The popularity of the event is evident in the press coverage it receives. Reporters and photographers from New Jersey's daily newspapers, such as the Star Ledger, Daily Record and New Jersey Herald are present at each of the five races, reporting on the progress of teams as they move through the competition.

For more information about this program, contact Cindy Reuther at (973) 267-7600 or send her an email here.

2015 Race Dates and Details

Monday, May 11 - Division 1 Race - Great Meadows Middle School, Great Meadows

Tuesday, May 12 - Division 2 Race - Kittatinny Regional High School, Newton

Wednesday, May 13 - Division 3 Race - Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park

Thursday, May 14 - Division 4 Race - New Providence Middle School, New Providence

Friday, May 15 - Division 5 Race - Kingwood Township Middle School, Frenchtown

Thursday, May 28 - Inter-County Final Race - Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park