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4-H Junior Solar Sprint

students racing solar cars

The Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) program is a competition for 5th to 8th grade students to design, create and race the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted solar vehicle possible. Students will build and race solar powered cars using hands-on engineering skills and principles of science and math that will be taught in 6 classes. Students will develop teamwork and problem-solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on STEM skills. Junior Solar Sprint is sponsored by the AEOP (Army Educational Outreach Program).

Each class will consist of a 30-minute lecture with Q&A followed by 1 hour of hands-on construction.  The class will be broken up into teams of 2 to 4 students, one vehicle will be built by each team. An adult mentor will be dedicated to each team to assist in the task.   You can form a team on your own and have them all sign up for the class or you can come alone and be assigned to a team.

Our mentors usually come from student’s parents.  Please consider being a mentor for you student’s team or another team. Mentors will assist in advice, problem-solving, construction and ensuring safety. No particular skills are required, but a good DIY mentality is a plus. Please contact Jeff Duncan (615) 934-1291 if you are interested in being  involved. Classes happen throughout the year. Students must join at the beginning of the class session, please join the “interest list” on the registration form to hear about other opportunities. 

Class fee is $50 per participant.

Spring 2021 Class at the Williamson County Ag Park
CLASSES: Tuesday nights from 6:00-7:30pm on March 23, 30 and April 6, 13, 20, 27

RACE DAY: Saturday May 1st 9am to 1pm

Social Distancing/Masks Mandates are required


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Linda Davenport

Linda Davenport
4-H Coordinator

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