The annual Junior Solar Sprint is a statewide challenge of ingenuity, engineering, and speed for students in fifth- through eighth-grade.
The Junior Solar Sprint is part of a national competition where students build and race solar-powered model cars. It is co-sponsored in Delaware by the Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy and the Delaware Technology Student Association.
Middletown homeschool student Aarushi Nayak earned the title of 2021 Junior Solar Sprint champion in a virtual competition held Friday, April 16.
Each year, DNREC’s Division of Coastal, Climate and Energy teams up with the Delaware Technology Student Association for the event. Middle school students work with classmates and teacher advisors over several months to build model cars powered by solar photovoltaic cells, better known as solar panels.
Nayak achieved the highest combined score to win the event. Students received points for portfolios, video presentations, design and fastest timed runs.
Gauger-Cobbs students placed second overall, with Sussex Academy students coming in third.
Students from Milford Central Academy, Cab Calloway, Postlethwait Middle School and HB duPont also participated in this year’s virtual event.
2021 Junior Solar Sprint champion
The all-around winners for combined speed, design, video and portfolio presentations were:
Top results from the timed run competition were:
Top results from the design competition were:
Top results from the video presentation were:
Top results from the portfolio competition were:
Junior Solar Sprint has been a Delaware tradition for more than two decades. It encourages students to get creative and apply real-world problem-solving in a fun and educational atmosphere. And it fosters teamwork and student interest in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.