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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.

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 & Energy and the Delaware Technology Student Association.

2019 Jr. Solar Sprint Winning Team, Car3, Bayard Middle School, Wilmington

The 2020 Junior Solar Sprint

Contact Us

Jim Lee
Division of Climate, Coastal & Energy
302.735.3480
Registration Form Rules & Guidelines

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 & Energy will provide each participating school with two starter kits, each including a solar panel, motor, and wheels.

Registration

Interested educators should submit a completed registration form by January 10, 2020, by email (JamesW.Lee@delaware.gov) or by surface mail.

Schools are not required to have a Technology Student Association chapter to participate.

The 2019 Junior Solar Sprint

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 & Energy provided each participating school with starter kits, including a solar panel, motor, and wheels.

The Results

All-around winners for combined speed, design, and presentation:

  • 1st place: Beacon Middle School, Car #5
  • 2nd place: Postlethwait Middle School, Car #32
  • 3rd place: Milford Central Academy, Car #27

Top five teams in time-trial races:

  • 1st place: Bayard Middle School, Car #3
  • 2nd place: Springer Middle School, Car #33
  • 3rd place: Alfred G. Waters Middle School, Car #1
  • 4th place: Postlethwait Middle School, Car #32
  • 5th place: P.S. DuPont Middle School, Car #31

Top five teams in creative design:

  • 1st place (tie): Central Middle School, Car #11 & Holy Cross, Car #22
  • 2nd place (tie): Conrad Schools of Science, Car #12 & The Jefferson School, Car #35
  • 3rd place: Holy Cross, Car #21

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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