Area middle school students will gather on Saturday, June 4, at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield for the 12th annual Berkshire Junior Solar Sprint (JSS).
More than 80 students are expected to participate in the JSS this year.
The Junior Solar Sprint competition was started by the US Department of Energy in 1991 to expose students to photovoltaics and its potential for their future.
The JSS is a fun and educational competition for students in grades 5 through 8 who work in teams to design, build and race model solar vehicles powered by the sun. The students are challenged to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork. In the process, they learn firsthand about engineering, physics and non-polluting transportation.