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EMS Places Top Three at Picatinny Solar Car Invitational


EMS Places Top Three at Picatinny Solar Car Invitational

EMS Winning Teams with Club Advisor

ROXBURY, NJ (May 30, 2019) – Thirty-one students from Eisenhower Middle School’s STEAM Club recently competed at the Picatinny Solar Car Invitational on Thursday, May 16th. Forty-two teams overall competed from four different schools with 15 of those teams from Roxbury. EMS swept Finals - Brody Schaub celebrates his team's victory (Yashil Trivedi on left - second place) the top three spots with eighth graders Brody Schaub and Dom Barlett coming in first, seventh graders Yashil Trivedi and Rithik Mehta in second, and eighth graders Delaney Scalera and Alexa Scalfani in third. 

EMS STEAM Club advisor and STEAM Teacher Phil Moskowitz shared, “All of our students worked really hard this year and it truly was anyone’s race as we did not have any cars that were clear front runners. We swept the podium though placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.” 

Adding, “This is the fifth straight year we have won this competition. The winners this year will travel to Washington, DC to compete in the Junior Solar Sprint National Championship which will be held as part of the TSA National Convention June 28th through July 2nd.” 

These winners will compete against 75 to 100 middle school teams from around the country. 

Eisenhower Middle School’s previous finishes at Nationals were:

  • 2015 – Dallas, TX (5th place)
  • 2016 – Nashville, TN (top 20)
  • 2017 – Orlando, FL (6th place)
  • 2018 – Atlanta, GA (top 20)
  • 2019 – Washington, DC (to be determined)

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a solar car competition sponsored by the US Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) that challenges students to design, build, and race solar electric vehicles using hands-on engineering skills and principles of science and math. JSS is designed to support the instruction of STEM in categories such as alternative fuels, engineering design, and aerodynamics. 

This competition is similar to a Pinewood Derby race, except with a motor being powered by a solar panel.

During the course of the six-week build season, student teams work to design, prototype, build, and test these vehicles in an attempt to build the fastest car that they can. 

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Eisenhower Middle School)


For more information, contact: Roxbury Community School/Community Relations Coordinator Ann Rhodes at or 973-584-7699.



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