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Table of Contents
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Introduction to the AEOP and TSA
What is Junior Solar Sprint?
The Challenge
Judging
Competitions
Resources and Lesson Plans
Timeline
Wrap-Up
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What is AEOP all about?
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AEOP Overview and Pipeline
INSPIRE
EXPLORE
ACHIEVE
K-6th Grade
6th-9th Grade
9th-College
• eCYBERMISSION
• Camp Invention
• Junior Solar Sprint
• Gains in the Education
of Mathematics and
Science (GEMS)
• eCYBERMISSION
• JSHS
• Science & Engineering
• Junior Solar Sprint
Apprentice Program (SEAP)
• College Qualified Leaders (CQL)
• GEMS
• Junior Science & Humanities • UNITE
• Research & Engineering
Symposium (JSHS)
Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
• High School Apprentice Program
(HSAP)
• Undergraduate Research
Apprenticeship Program (URAP)
Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships and practical
experiences designed to engage and guide YOU in STEM education!
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JSS and the Technology Student
Association (TSA)
• TSA is a national nonprofit organization that offers
STEM competitions to middle and high school
students
• TSA administers the JSS program
• JSS is an official TSA middle school level competition
• Students who compete at their TSA state conference
or at an Army host location are eligible to compete
at the national JSS competition, held at the national
TSA conference
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Junior Solar Sprint (JSS)
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What is Junior Solar Sprint (JSS)?
• JSS is an exciting solar car competition
where 5th – 8th grade students work in
groups using principles of science and
math to design and build the fastest, most
interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible.
• Through JSS, students:
 Investigate environmental issues
 Gain hands-on engineering skills
 Incorporate STEM skills
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The Challenge…
• Using a solar panel kit or a solar panel and
other found/recycled materials, teams of two
to four students and one team coach work
together to create and build a model solar
car.
• Through JSS, students:
– Develop Teamwork
– Improve Problem Solving Skills
– Gain hands-on engineering experience
– Use principles of science and math in a real world
application
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The Judging
• JSS entries are judged according to the
official TSA middle school competition rules
• Entries are evaluated in four (4) areas:
– Display
– Notebook
– Artisanship and engineering of the model
– Model’s racing performance
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The Judging: Display and Notebook
• A decorated shoebox is used as a display stand during judging for the
model car.
• Each team must submit a notebook that
contains the following items:
– Title page
– Table of Contents
– Project Log
– Design drawings
– Separate specification page
– Components list
– Design process description
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The Judging: Artisanship
• Model must reflect the design process outlined in the official TSA middle
school competition rules.
• The materials used to construct
the car must cost less than $50
• 1 solar panel and 1 motor
allowed per car
• The remainder of the vehicle
can be innovative in design
and materials
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The Judging: Racing Performance
• Each race lane must be 60 cm
wide and 20 m long on a hard,
flat surface
• Teams are permitted roughly 3
time trials
• The fastest times of the time
trials determines the 16 top
semifinalists to be raced
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JSS Competitions
• JSS competitions are held at state TSA conferences and at Army host
locations. Check the JSS website for the location nearest to you!
• Teams will be judged according to the Official TSA Middle School
Competition Rules
• 1st place winners from each region are
selected to compete in the JSS National
Competition in Dallas, TX in conjunction
with the National TSA Conference.
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2014 National Competition
• The 2014 JSS competition took place at the national TSA conference in
Washington, DC, July 27 – July 1, 2014.
• Over 60 teams competed in the event.
• 22 states were represented at the national competition.
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JSS Curriculum and Standards
• JSS topics can be woven into existing lesson plans and
curriculum!
– JSS supports the NGSS and STEM Standards
– 2, 4, and 8 week syllabi PLUS sample lesson plans
– Common Core Curriculum
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What are people saying?
“The impact that Junior Solar Sprint has on STEM teaching and learning in the classroom is
that it brings it all together for the students. There is no better way for students to learn and
connect all the parts of STEM than through hands-on learning. Being able to see that the rays
from the sun can change into electricity to power their vehicles is something exciting for a
middle school student. Brainstorming, designing, building, problem-solving, drawing,
measuring as well as finding the best gear ratio is what STEM is all about. Hands-on means
minds-on.”
- Joel Kaplan, Technology Teacher and TSA Advisor, Brookside Middle School, Florida
“STEM instructors engage students when they are allowed to design, collaborate with their
peers, and construct projects. The engineering design practice attempts to create and
harness excitement regarding STEM for students. Integrating engineering design into your
course description is an engaging way to support student teaching and learning mathematics
and science. Junior Solar Sprint is the perfect way to introduce STEM concepts.”
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Barbara Dunham, TSA Advisor, Eastwood Middle School, Cottondale, Alabama
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JSS Time-Frame
Design/build car
• Oct - Feb
JSS
Competitions
• March - May
Nationals
• June 28-July 2
• Dallas, TX
• Check out the JSS website for updates and details.
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Wrap-Up
• The Technology Student Association (TSA) administers JSS on behalf of the
Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).
• JSS is a design engineering challenge where students in fifth through eighth
grade conceptualize, design and build model solar electric cars.
• Students enter competitions and are judged on the merits of the design,
teamwork and the success of the model solar electric cars.
• JSS allows students to use STEM principles, creative thinking, experimentation
and teamwork to design and build and race high-performance solar electric
vehicles.
• The JSS website (jrsolarsprint.org) offers many educational JSS resources,
including an event calendar, a ‘Host a JSS Race’ Guide, Tutorials, Lesson Plan
Listing, STEM Standards, Local Competition Rules and Instructions and other
resources.
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