Junior Solar Sprints

Junior Solar Sprints Race

What is Junior Solar Sprints?

The Junior Solar Sprints program is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) competition that engages students to design, build and race solar-powered model cars. For JSS participants, materials (including solar panels), instruction and professional development workshops are provided free of charge. The program also adheres to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

After months of building, testing and experimentation, students compete in five divisional races 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.

Who Can Participate?

Teams consist of up to four students.

  • Students in grades 6 through 8
  • Students between the ages of 11 and 14 participating in community or afterschool groups
  • Eligible counties: Morris, Warren, Sussex, Hunterdon or suburban areas in Essex, Passaic or Union


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

2017 Race Dates and Details

Monday, May 15 - Division 1 Race - Independence Twp. Green Acres Recreation Complex, Basketball Court, Great Meadows

Tuesday, May 16 - Division 2 Race - Kittatinny Regional High School, Newton

Wednesday, May 17 - Division 3 Race - Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park

Thursday, May 18 - Division 4 Race - New Providence High School, New Providence

Friday, May 19 - Division 5 Race - Kingwood Township Middle School, Frenchtown

Monday, May 22 - Inter-County Final Race - Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park

What to Expect on Race Day

  • Participants should arrive at 8:30 a.m.
  • Races conclude between noon and 1 p.m.
  • Wear sunscreen, bring water, bring snacks! Pop up tents are allowed but not provided.