Junior Solar Sprint Awards

Lee Burneson Middle School seventh-grade pre-engineering students brought home three top awards in the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) race at Cleveland State University on May 18.

The team of Makki Al-Saffar and Evan Wrightsman took home the title of Fastest Car from a field of 70 competing cards. Chloe Howlett and Brianna Ware’s car won the Most Innovative award, which was judged by NASA engineers and CSU students. LBMS also brought home the Most Spirit Award.

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The JSS is a national event that challenges middle school students to design, test and race model solar cars within specific engineering constraints. This STEM activity was the second annual JSS race in Northeast Ohio and included students from Brecksville, Lake Middle School in Hartville, North Olmsted and Westlake.

Students toured CSU’s Engineering Department to visit labs, listen to professors and talk with college engineering students. They also saw a Tesla, a hybrid Honda Accord and displays from First Solar and Dovetail Solar. CresCor gave out hotdogs from a solar-powered food rack, and National Park Service representatives talked about the upcoming college solar car race that begins in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park this summer.

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