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Junior Solar Sprint (JSS)

Opportunity for Delaware Student Teams to Participate in a
Competition of Building and Racing Solar-Powered Model Cars

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Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy and Delaware Technology Student Association (TSA)

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Opportunity for Delaware student teams grades 5-8 to participate in a competition of designing and racing solar-powered model cars. Funding is intended to increase students' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields and encourage teamwork by providing them with a hands-on, multidisciplinary exercise in renewable energy.

Students 5th through 8th grade build and race their own solar-powered model cars in this statewide challenge of creativity, engineering, and speed. Participants experience the automotive design process when they research and conceptualize a design, make drawings, build a model from the design, and race the solar-powered car model. 

The Division of Climate, Coastal & Energy will provide each participating school with two starter Junior Solar Sprint Kits, each consisting of a solar panel, an electric motor, and guidelines.


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GrantWatch ID#: 179428

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Entries (including the model car) must be started and completed during the current school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Participants are limited to one (1) team per chapter, one (1) entry per team. JSS teams must consist of 2 – 4 middle school (5th – 8th grade) students. Students who are part of a registered Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter or who compete at an approved Army host site are eligible to compete.

Schools are not required to have a Technology Student Association chapter in order to participate. All are welcome! However, please note that all schools will be required to follow the Technology Student Association Guidelines, which can be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

Interested teachers may submit the attached registration form to by January 10, 2020.

The 2020 contest will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2020. This year, the location of the contest has changed and it will be held at the Del Tech campus in Dover, as part of the National Junior Solar Sprint Competition sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program.

The winning team will be eligible to compete in the 2020 National JSS Competition held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., June 27 – July 1, and awards will also be presented for design and engineering.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send the registration by email or mail to:

Jim Lee
DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal & Energy
State Street Commons, Suite 5A
100 W. Water St.
Dover, DE 19904

Phone: 302.735.3480

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