The National Renewable Energy Laboratory hosts the U.S. Department of Energy's Junior Solar Sprint/Hydrogen Fuel Cell (JSS/HFC) Car Competitions. Middle School teams from all over the Colorado Region participate in this fun, educational and exciting event. Teams work together building solar and/or hydrogen fuel cell cars with guidance from a parent or teacher coach to compete in race and design categories. A "Spirit Award" is also presented to the team recognized for good sportsmanship.
Building of solar and hydrogen fuel cell cars for the JSS/HFC car competitions require skills in both math and science. The primary goals of the JSS/HFC program, is to generate enthusiasm for science and engineering at a crucial stage in the development of young people. The competition also helps improve students' understanding of scientific concepts and renewable energy technologies; and encourages young people to consider technical careers at an early age.
Watt Watchers has a Junior Solar Sprint Traveling Energy Exploration Station for teachers to check out for 6 weeks for FREE. This station contains model car kits and other parts and supplies. This station will allow you to have a set of solar panels and materials so that your students can work in teams to build cars and then hold a solar car race of your own. When your race is complete take the cars apart and return the station to Watt Watchers. For more information about the JSS Traveling Energy Station or the teacher workshops please contact us.