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Junior Solar Sprint Model Car Competition

Each year, TransOptions, a transportation-oriented non-profit, which delivers programs and services that improve mobility, the environment and overall quality of life in northwestern New Jersey, organizes the Junior Solar Sprint, a model solar car competition for grades six through eight. The DEP is a partner and helps to promote and coordinate this event. The Junior Solar Sprint promotes the application of math, physics and engineering technology in a competition that encourages creativity and cooperation. Working in a group, students design, build and race a small solar powered car. Materials and resources can be found HERE.

  • The contest challenges students to demonstrate scientific and creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork while designing and building the vehicles.

  • Models will receive awards for design based on technology, craftsmanship and creativity along with track performance.

  • To prepare early for this competition, students in grades four through six may learn how to design a racing model from a physical science curriculum supplement called "A World in Motion" created by the Society of Automotive Engineers and Educators. To learn more about obtaining this resource, contact 1-800-457-2946 or 412-776-4841 Ext. 491.

  • Jr. Solar Sprint Logo Target Audience(s)
    Educators of students grades 6-8

    Additional Information
    2 Ridgedale Ave, Suite 200
    Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
    Phone: (973) 267-7600
    Fax: (973) 267-6209