Junior Solar Sprints

2016 Important Dates and Deadlines
  • April 29th: ALL registration paperwork due. Please click here to register online. If you have questions about registration, please speak to Kristen.
  • April 29th – May 16th: Progress Journal online submissions will be accepted via email or Google. To submit your team’s Progress Journal you can send it as an attachment (saved as a PowerPoint file) to Kristen. You can also submit your team’s Progress Journal by sharing the document with Kristen via Google Drive. If you have questions about how to share a document, please email her. JSS 2016 will be our first year of mandatory electronic Progress Journals, please be aware of this deadline. Late submissions don’t allow our Progress Journal judges time to review and score the journal. Lastly, to submit your team’s race car for Student Choice, you must have a clear picture of the car in your journal. There is more information about this contained within the journal template. Click here to download the journal as a PowerPoint file.
  • Monday, May 16: Division 1 Race - Great Meadows Middle School, Great Meadows
  • Tuesday, May 17: Division 2 Race - Kittatinny Regional High School, Newton
  • Wednesday, May 18: Division 3 Race - Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park
  • Thursday, May 19: Division 4 Race - New Providence Middle School, New Providence
  • Friday, May 20: Division 5 Race - Kingwood Township Middle School, Frenchtown
  • Monday, May 23: Inter-County Final Race - Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park

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

ALL TEAMS MUST REGISTER ONLINE BY APRIL 29TH. REGISTER YOUR TEAM HERE.

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

2016 Race Dates and Details

Monday, May 16 - Division 1 Race - Great Meadows Middle School, Great Meadows

Tuesday, May 17 - Division 2 Race - Kittatinny Regional High School, Newton

Wednesday, May 18 - Division 3 Race - Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park

Thursday, May 19 - Division 4 Race - New Providence Middle School, New Providence

Friday, May 20 - Division 5 Race - Kingwood Township Middle School, Frenchtown

Monday, May 23 - 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.