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What is San Diego Junior Solar Sprint?

The Junior Solar Sprint is an opportunity for local sixth, seventh and eighth-grade science students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation, and teamwork to design and build small, solar-powered model cars. All participants will use a standardized solar cell and motor. With the exception of a few car specification regulations, unlimited ingenuity and inventiveness can be used in car construction. Awards will be given for design in addition to the track event itself.

Spirit of the Sprint

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) provides a hands-on opportunity for students in grades five through eight to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts, creativity, teamwork, and problem solving skills as they design, construct and race a solar-powered car. The Junior Solar Sprint offers students an opportunity to learn by means of a friendly competition against their peers where students take responsibility for the design, construction, and performance of a model solar-electric vehicle.

The role of the adult is to nurture the spirit of excitement and the joy of discovery and learning that awaits students. Adults should let students assume the responsibility for design decisions, construction, and maintenance of their vehicle, performance at a race, and winning or losing.

Event Directions

Location: Flora Vista Elementary School
1690 Wandering Road Encinitas, CA 92024-2417
Date: May 20th, 2017