This is the first issue of the new JSS e-newsletter, The Mile Marker . We are excited to bring you news and information on Junior Solar Sprint a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competition administered by the Technology Student Association (TSA) with a grant awarded by the Army Outreach Educational Program . JSS empowers teachers, mentors, and other community members to engage 5th through 8th grade students in the designing, building, and racing of model solar cars.
Check out the latest JSS headlines:
Free Kits
TSA middle school chapter advisors—get on board with JSS and get two FREE PITSCO Ray Catcher Kits. That's an $87.20 value at no cost to you! Each kit contains a solar panel, electric motor, and a pair of small alligator clips for easy hookup.

T o receive the two kits, send your name, school, shipping address, phone number, and email address to  [email protected] .
Almost There
Please note, the JSS Cvent registration link is not live yet. However, once it is live, you will be required to register yourself and your JSS team members. ( Students will be able to fill out the registration on their own—but they will need a parent/legal guardian’s digital signature on the “Additional Information” page of the registration.)

We will notify you when the JSS Cvent registration link is live. You can also bookmark this webpage for the latest updates.
JSS Jumpstart
This onsite, elementary school-based event provides 5th and 6th grade students who are housed in elementary schools with a fun, hands-on opportunity to learn more about solar and renewable energy by building solar-powered cars. There is no fee to participate in JSS Jumpstart; however, participants need to purchase their own supplies.
Looking for ways to give your entry a boost?
Here are some tips and techniques suggested by JSS Event Coordinator Bob Walters:
Use lightweight yet strong materials for a smooth ride:
Balsa Wood Truss
Corrugated Cardboard
Foamcore Board
Take a creative spin when it comes to wheels:
Mini CDs
Laser Cut Thin Plywood
Each month, learn more about AEOP and its STEM connections.
What is AEOP?
For more than 50 years, AEOP has supported a wide range of educational opportunities in STEM for youth, college, and graduate students, as well as valued teachers. From elementary school through graduate school, students of all proficiency levels, interests, and social and economic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in real-world STEM experiences while also engaging with Army-sponsored mentors.
Get up to speed on STEM with some fun facts.
Did you Know?
October 21–25, 2019 marks Solar Week. Learn more about harnessing the power of the sun through solar education resources such as classroom lessons, hands-on and online activities, guides, and books.
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