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Junior Solar Sprint



The annual Junior Solar Sprint is a statewide challenge of ingenuity, engineering, and speed for students in fifth- through eighth-grade.

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Jim Lee
Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy
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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.

The 2021 Junior Solar Sprint

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.

Aarushi Nayak

Aarushi Nayak
2021 Junior Solar Sprint champion

Competition Results

The all-around winners for combined speed, design, video and portfolio presentations were:

  • First place: Middletown homeschool student Aarushi Nayak
  • Second place: Gauger-Cobbs
  • Third place: Sussex Academy

Top results from the timed run competition were:

  • First place: Gauger-Cobbs
  • Second place: Sussex Academy
  • Third place: HB duPont

Top results from the design competition were:

  • First place: Middletown homeschool student Aarushi Nayak
  • Second place: Gauger-Cobbs
  • Third place: Sussex Academy

Top results from the video presentation were:

  • First place: Milford Central Academy
  • Second place: Sussex Academy
  • Third place: Middletown homeschool student Aarushi Nayak

Top results from the portfolio competition were:

  • First place: Middletown homeschool student Aarushi Nayak
  • Second place: Milford Central Academy
  • Third place: Cab Calloway

A Delaware Tradition

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.

Junior Solar Sprint Participants

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