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Nation's Largest Solar-Powered Boat Competition Features Nearly 700 Students on 40 Southland High School Teams
[May 12, 2014]

Nation's Largest Solar-Powered Boat Competition Features Nearly 700 Students on 40 Southland High School Teams

LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--

Final preparations continue for the nation's largest solar-powered boat competition with 40 teams of high school students throughout Southern California entering the home stretch for three days of racing this weekend as part of Metropolitan Water District's Solar Cup™.

Beginning Friday (May 16), teams from high schools (see accompanying list) in Los Angeles, Orange (News - Alert), Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties are participating through the weekend in the 12th annual Solar Cup at Metropolitan's Lake Skinner, just north of Temecula.

About 10,000 students have participated in Solar Cup since the inaugural event launched with just eight boats in 2002. The program is a team-based educational competition that allows students to apply their skills in math, physics, engineering and communications, while learning about Southern California's water sources, resource management, conservation and alternative energy development.

"The weekend of racing culminates the students' school-year commitment to learning about alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, engineering and teamwork," said Solar Cup coordinator Julie Miller, a state-certified teacher in Metropolitan's education programs.

"Solar Cup serves as an educational benchmark for our future workforce while students gain hands-on lessons in science, technology, engineering and environmental sciences to round out their textbook curriculum," Miller said.

The competition begins with teams being put through a series of qualifying events by Metropolitan and a technical advisory team from Harvey Mudd and Occidental colleges to ensure boats meet rules and are safe and seaworthy. Saturday, May 17, will feature single-seat, 16-foot boats outfitted with solar-collection panels in endurance races around a 1-mile course.

Sunday is highlighted by 200-meter sprint races-in which the solar panels are removed and the boats are powered by solar energy stored in batteries. The races will be followed by an awards ceremony, with trophies awarded in veteran and rookie divisions for teams with the highest points, as well as to teams honored for "Hottest-Looking Boat," teamwork and sportsmanship.

Races are easily visible from the lake shoreline and are open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission and parking. Lake Skinner is at 37701 Warren Road in the Temecula Valley community of Winchester in southwest Riverside County-about 10 miles northeast of the Rancho California Road exit off Interstate 15.

Since building identical hulls last November from kits supplied by Metropolitan, students have worked nights and weekends to maximize their boats' endurance, speed and mechanical and electrical efficiencies. Over the past few months, working with their sponsoring Metropolitan member and local agencies, they have equipped the 16-foot-long shells with solar panels, batteries, electrical systems, drive trains, propellers and rudders.

In advance of the three-day event, teams are fine-tuning their hand-built boats equipped with solar panels, motors and steering. In addition to the veterans division, Solar Cup features a rookie division for first-time teams. Teams also are divided into four regions-the Foothill, Central & Bay, Inland Empire and South Counties regions.

Winners are the teams with the highest number of points gained in the competitions, technical inspections, submission of three technical reports and creation of a public service announcement focusing on water conservation in the form of a 30- to 60-second, self-scripted and produced, conservation video or audiotape or a brochure.

Event videos and photos from past Solar Cup events can be found under Education Programs at Metropolitan's website,

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.


2014 Solar Cup™ Team List

Team/School Name       City       Member Agency Sponsor       Co-Sponsor Agency
Academia Avance       Los Angeles       Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power        
Anaheim HS       Anaheim       Anaheim Public Utilities        
Applied Technology HS       Montebello       Central Basin MWD        
Arcadia HS       Arcadia       Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD        
Arlington HS       Riverside       Western MWD       Riverside Public Utilities
Calabasas HS *       Calabasas       Las Virgenes MWD        
California Academy of Math & Science       Carson       West Basin MWD        
Canyon HS       Anaheim       Anaheim Public Utilities        
Chino HS       Chino       Inland Empire Utilities Agency       City of Chino
Compton HS       Compton       City of Compton        
David Gonzales School       Calabasas       Las Virgenes MWD        
Duarte HS / Pamela Park       Duarte       Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD        
Elsinore HS       Wildomar       Western MWD       Elsinore Valley MWD
Environmental Charter HS       Lawndale       West Basin MWD        
Franklin HS       Los Angeles       Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power        
Fremont Academy of Engineering & Design *       Pomona       Three Valleys MWD        
Ganesha HS       Pomona       Three Valleys MWD        
Glenn HS *       Norwalk       Central Basin MWD        
Hemet Unified SD Team       Hemet       Eastern MWD       Rancho California Water District
High Tech High North County       San Marcos       San Diego County Water Authority        
John Muir HS       Pasadena       Pasadena Water & Power        
La Cañada HS       La Cañada Flintridge       Foothill MWD       La Cañada Irrigation District
Laguna Beach HS       Laguna Beach       Municipal Water District of Orange County       Laguna Beach County Water District
Long Beach Poly HS       Long Beach       Long Beach Water Department        
Los Osos HS       Rancho Cucamonga       Inland Empire Utilities Agency       Cucamonga Valley Water District
Moreno Valley USD Team       San Jacinto       Eastern MWD       Rancho California Water District
Mountain View HS       El Monte       Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD        
Norte Vista HS *       Riverside       Western MWD       Riverside Public Utilities
Oak Park HS       Oak Park       Calleguas MWD        
Palos Verdes HS       Palos Verdes Estates       West Basin MWD        
Palos Verdes Peninsula HS       Rolling Hills Estates       West Basin MWD        
Paramount HS West       Paramount       Central Basin MWD        
Perris Union High SD Team       Menifee       Eastern MWD       Rancho California Water District
Providence HS *       Burbank       Burbank Water & Power        
San Dimas HS       San Dimas       Three Valleys MWD        
Santana HS       La Puente       Three Valleys MWD       Walnut Valley Water District
Savanna HS       Anaheim       Anaheim Public Utilities        
Temecula Valley Team       Temecula       Eastern MWD       Rancho California Water District
Warren HS       Downey       Central Basin MWD        
West Covina HS *       West Covina       Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD        

* Rookie Teams

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