Philadelphia Junior Solar Sprint



PSEA will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Junior Solar Sprint this year, with a return to Center City and the best, most exciting event yet on Saturday, May 19th, 2018.

This event is open to all middle and junior high schools in the Philadelphia region.  Typically 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders design, build and race model solar cars that meet the specifications of the national Junior Solar Sprint.  The program is also open to after school clubs and home schooled students. Drexel University is partnering with PSEA to engage its students as volunteers and to expand the event to reach many more schools and have an even greater public education impact.  PSEA members, consisting of solar professionals, engineers, artists and others volunteer hundreds of hours every year to make this event a success.

Resources for teachers and students can now be found on the PSEA website.

  • A workshop for teachers to learn about solar energy and specifically about how to help students build winning solar cars is available free of charge.  Click HERE to learn more.

  • Curriculum for teachers to introduce students to solar energy is coming soon.

  • More general information on the Junior Solar Sprint and the fundamentals of alternative energy and engineering is available HERE.

  • Please Register for the Junior Solar Sprint Below!


The Junior Solar Sprint is a national program, recognized for its excellence in STEM education.  In the process of building their model solar cars, students learn:

  • Fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaics (PV), how to convert solar energy into electricity

  • Basic electrical circuitry and wiring

  • Battery storage

  • Physics of energy transfer:  converting solar energy into forward motion and speed

Equally important,  the students learn a great deal about teamwork, innovation, creativity, problem solving and competition.  They get to practice grit. Most importantly, the Junior Solar Sprint is pure fun!

Sign up for the Junior Solar Sprint 

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