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.
Educators of students grades 6-8
2 Ridgedale Ave, Suite 200
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
Phone: (973) 267-7600
Fax: (973) 267-6209