Sweetwater Solar Sprint

Event date: September 9, 2017

Event location: National City Middle School

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What is Sweetwater Solar Sprint?

It is a middle school age program that promotes science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Students work in teams to design, build and test solar powered model cars. This project is designed to support the instruction of STEAM in categories such as alternative fuels, engineering design and aerodynamics.

A CAR RACE is the culmination of the students’ work. At the competition, students race their solar powered inventions against other teams for the fastest, more reliable, and good looking car titles!

Did you know that the sun is an alternative source of renewable energy?

This type event was originally created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the 1980’s. It is also known as “Junior Solar Sprint (JSS)”.

In the past, Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) middle schools have participated in San Diego Solar Sprint. An event sponsored by the San Diego Electrical Training Center.


Once again under the leadership of Nicolas Segura, SUHSD School Board Member and the support of  the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569 our middle schools received FREE solar kits to participate. THANK YOU!