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Junior Solar Sprint Race

Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ithaca High School - Lake Street Parking Lot

On Saturday, June 12th, the Ithaca High School Technology and Engineering Department will have our Junior Solar Sprint race! We’re hosting it in the Lake St. parking lot of Ithaca High School, instead of the Cayuga St. lot. In case of rain, we will use one of the IHS gyms, accessible via the main entrance. Elementary and middle school students from across the district will race homemade solar cars in an event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will also be a chance to see the IHS Tech Trailer, which is a mobile STEM lab.

These solar cars are made of wood and cardboard, with a solar panel attached to an electric motor that drives the car. They are fully assembled and designed by the students, many at two previous pop-up events with help from Ithaca High School students.

The purpose of these events is to get students interested in STEM from a young age. There are so many opportunities to get involved in advanced technology and engineering once they enter high school, and we aim to cultivate that interest in middle school so that students are excited for STEM when they move up to high school. 

Due to COVID-19 concerns, we will be requiring that all attendees fill out a brief Google Form upon arriving at the event. There’s also a pre-registration form that all students intending to race their cars must fill out ahead of time. The pre-registration form can be found at this link:

We hope to see you there!