Materials and Resources

This page outlines the materials provided and materials needed to construct a solar-powered vehicle. Students are encouraged to consider using materials that might be found around the house. Lists of suggested materials and/or advice on design and building techniques can also be found in the booklets linked below. Photos and videos of model cars from previous years can be found in our Photo/Video Library.

Please visit our main Junior Solar Sprints page for additional details about this year's competition.


Our kits include a motor, gears, axles, wheels, battery pack, screw eyes and alligator clips.

We encourage creativity in the design process but students must use the following materials as provided by TransOptions:

  • 1 Motor
  • Single Battery Pack
  • 1 Solar Panel

Updated for 2019!

Progress Journal
Race Day Agenda

JSS Information

Rules and Regulations

Tips on Building

JSS Inside Tips on Parts and Construction
JSS Introduction on How to Build a Model Solar Car
So You Want To Build a Model Solar Car
JSS Teacher and Mentor Guide
How to Use a Fake Panel

Points of Contact

Kelvin | Parts and Kits
Pitsco | Parts and Kits


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