Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Energy and Climate and Delaware Technology Student Association (TSA)
A competition is open to Delaware student teams (grades 5-8) to design and race solar-powered model cars. Teachers are invited to register teams for this statewide challenge of engineering, speed, and creativity. This program presents a hands-on, multidisciplinary exercise in renewable energy, education that encourages teamwork and fosters student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Students can flex their creative ingenuity and apply real-world problem-solving in a fun and educational atmosphere.
The 2018 contest will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware, as part of the National Junior Solar Spring Competition sponsored by the US Army Educational Outreach Program.
The winning team will be eligible to compete in the 2018 National JSS Competition, and awards will also be presented for design and engineering.
The Division of Energy and Climate will provide each participating school with two starter Junior Solar Sprints Kits, each consisting of a solar panel, and electric motor, and guidelines. All students will be required to submit a design portfolio, which helps students document their project and learn further about engineering throughout the project. Students will also create a display to accompany their model vehicle, putting its bets wheel forward for the People’s Choice award. Students build and test their vehicles over the course of a few months, and arrive on race day with their vehicle and display in-hand.
GrantWatch ID#: 179428
One (1) team of two to four (2-4) students per chapter may participate; one (1) entry per team.
Participants may be
-Part of a registered Technology Student Association chapter, or
-Part of a group that competes at an approved Army host site
Interested teachers may submit the registration form by January 25, 2018.
Portfolios must submitted separately from the in-hand demonstrations and be delivered or postmarked by April 5, 2018.
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