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The annual Junior Solar Sprint is a statewide challenge of ingenuity, engineering, and speed for students in fifth- through eighth-grade.
It 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.
The 26th Annual Junior Solar Sprint is set for Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the Del Tech campus in Dover. Middle schools across the state are invited to register up to two teams of two to four students. Registration is free.
The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy will provide each participating school with two starter kits, each including a solar panel, motor, and wheels.
Schools are not required to have a Technology Student Association chapter to participate.
The 25th Annual Junior Solar Sprint took place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Thirty-five teams from 21 Delaware middle schools competed at the the free event.
The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy provided each participating school with starter kits, including a solar panel, motor, and wheels.
All-around winners for combined speed, design, and presentation:
Top five teams in time-trial races:
Top five teams in creative design:
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.