Jr. Solar Sprint Competion

JrSolar-logoJr. Solar Sprint
will be in Derry this Saturday

Come cheer for your favorite middle school teams from Derry while they compete in a Junior Solar Sprint competition on Saturday, June 7th at the Pinkerton Academy Track. Registration begins at 9 am and the races start at 10 am. Free refreshments will be served.

Students from Gilbert H. Hood and West Running Brook middle schools will compete against each other in a Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) competition in Derry, NH on Saturday, June 7th at the Pinkerton Academy Track. JSS is a national program that was developed to provide a hands-on opportunity for students to apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concepts, creativity, and problem-solving skills as they design, construct, and race solar-powered cars.

solarcarEach Junior Solar Sprint team is required to design and build a model car no larger than 30 cm x 60 cm x 30 cm. The cars must be powered by sunlight using a solar photovoltaic cell that converts the sun’s energy into electricity. Students must consider such critical factors as aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance, weight, and drive train when designing their cars for speed and reliability. The race is a double elimination competition with awards going to the fastest car. Awards also will be given in design categories including most creative and best craftsmanship.

“Students have an exciting opportunity to apply the scientific concepts they are learning in class to a real-world challenge with Junior Solar Sprint,” says Tom Minnon, a member of the Derry Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee, sponsors of the event. “Kids develop teamwork and problem-solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, gain hands-on engineering skills, and use principals of science and math to get the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible,” he said.

Registration starts at 9:00, on June 7th, at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH. Races will begin at 10:00 and the awards ceremony will take place following the races. The Junior Solar Sprint program is sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program and is run by the Technology Student Association.

Learn more about the event at www.jrsolarsprint.org.