TransOptions Hosts 12th Junior Solar Sprints Competition
Division 4 Race Results
TransOptions is proud to announce the Division 1 winners of the 12th annual Junior Solar Sprints Competition (JSS) held on May 16, 2013, at New Providence Middle School.
JSS is an Environmental Education program hosted by TransOptions, a non-profit, at no cost to middle school students, teachers or schools. TransOptions is grateful to the Alcoa Foundation for being the primary sponsor of this year’s Competition and to Jersey Central Power & Light-First Energy Foundation, Thorlabs, the New Jersey Herald and the Avis-Budget Group for their support.
“Hosting the Junior Solar Sprints Competition demonstrates TransOptions commitment to the helping future generations learn about an alternative fuel, conserving resources and helping the environment,” comments John F. Ciaffone, TransOptions President. “We are proud to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education with content that aligns to New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards and gratified by the ongoing success of this enrichment program,” he adds.
Race day is the culmination of months of preparation by over 3,500 students from 52 middle schools participating this year. The teams started on a level playing field; each receiving basic components including a solar panel, a motor, wheels and axles along with rules for the Competition. Next came weeks of applying creativity, teamwork and science skills to design and build their unique model racing cars. During the process, the students witnesses alternative energy first-hand as they harnessed solar energy to power their racing cars down the 66 foot long track.
Entries are judged in the categories of Speed, Engineering, Craftsmanship and Best Use of Recycled Materials. Each team is also required to submit a Documentation Portfolio providing a record of their concept, design, development and comments. A panel of volunteer judges, drawn from local businesses and communities, contribute their time and scientific expertise to evaluate student entries.
Immediately following the competition, awards were presented to each student on the winning teams.
The winners are:
1st Place – “Road Runner” – Terrill Middle School – Colin DeMaria, Clifford Stueck
2nd Place - “Speed” – Mount Pleasant Middle School - Zachary Sanoff, Lindsay Haaker, Brian Kelly
3rd Place – “Green Lightning” – Mount Pleasant Middle School - Tommy Werner, Jenna Cappucino, Bobby Martin, Alexia Noel-Jeune
1st Place – “The SEAS” – William Annin Middle School – Sarah Arrigo, Sophia Bierstein, Emma Buron, Angela Kontonmetros
2nd Place – “Turtle Time” – Mount Pleasant Middle School – Jenny Zheng, Fraiser Dodek, Juliette Banner, Catherine Sheng
3rd Place – “MVP’s” – Valleyview Middle School – Christopher Cavaliere, Kyle Bargfrede, Miles Humphrey, Pierce Rankin
1st Place - “Turtle Time” – Mount Pleasant Middle School - Jenny Zheng, Fraiser Dodek, Juliette Banner, Catherine Sheng
2nd Place – “Hot Diggity Dog” – Mount Pleasant Middle School – Ryan Melnick, Helen Yang, Damon Persaud
3rd Place – “Cam-O-Car” – Harding Middle School – Drew Johnson, David Boyer, Alissa Kapp, Luke Boylan
Best Use of Recycled Materials
1st Place – “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That” – Lincoln Park Middle School – Nina Dika, Rebecca Stefanou, Mikhaela Bacanaya, Andres Diaz
2nd Place – “Solar GT” – Lincoln Park Middle School – Andrew Portas, John Muttel, Chloe Limpert, Erik Morales
3rd Place – “Spring Roller” – Park Middle School – Mohnish Sabhani, Maya Mansingh, Jack Friebely, Garrett Dweyer
Documentation Portfolio (does not move on to the Inter-County Final)
1st Place – “Speed” – Mount Pleasant Middle School – Zachary Sanoff, Lindsay Haaker, Brian Kelly
2nd Place – “Green Lightning” – Mount Pleasant Middle School – Tommy Werner, Jenna Cappucino, Bobby Martin, Alexia Noel-Jeune
3rd Place – “Watermelon Bus” – Valleyview Middle School – Nicolette George, Alexis Huber, Brendan Flood, Josh Rand
Students’ Choice (does not move on to the Inter-County Final)
1st Place – “Turle Time” – Mount Pleasant Middle School - Jenny Zheng, Fraiser Dodek, Juliette Banner, Catherine Sheng
2nd Place – “Hot Diggity Dog” – Mount Pleasant Middle School - Ryan Melnick, Helen Yang, Damon Persaud
3rd Place – “Sugar Rush” – East Brook Middle School – Denise Yidirim, Sarah Jung, Anum Ilyas, Moelle Siekmann
Additional Speed teams moving on:
“Rad 1” – Eisenhower Intermediate School
Teams winning in Speed, Craftsmanship, Engineering and Best Use of Recycled Materials advance to the Inter-County Final competition which will be held at Ridgedale Middle School on May 28, 2013, with a rain date of May 30, 2013.
(Photos available upon request)