Delaware middle school students are encouraged to test their model car engineering skills and power up their solar panels for the 23rd annual Junior Solar Sprint race April 27 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, 18500 S. Dupont Highway, Harrington.

The competition, a statewide challenge of creativity, engineering and speed culminating with a day of racing, is co-sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate and the Delaware Student Technology Association. The competition is part of the National Junior Solar Sprint program sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program.

The deadline for team registration is Feb. 10. Delaware middle schools for fifth- through eighth-grade students are invited to register one or two teams for the Junior Solar Sprint race, with two to four students on each team.

The Division of Energy & Climate will provide each participating team with a materials kit, including wheels, a motor and a solar panel that converts the sun’s energy into electric power. Over several weeks, team members use these standard materials to design and build their own unique cars. Awards will be presented for the fastest time, as well as for design creativity.

Full rules, guidelines and registration forms can be found at detsa.org/events/2017-states.

Schools are not required to have a TSA chapter in order to participate. Interested educators can send their registration forms by email to Caren.Fitzgerald@state.de.us or by U.S. mail to: DNREC Division of Energy & Climate, 100 W. Water St., Suite 5A, Dover, DE 19904.

For information, email or call Fitzgerald at 735-3480.