Metropolitan’s 14th Annual Solar Cup Begins with Boat-Building Sessions This Weekend

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The largest solar-powered boat competition in the U.S. officially shoves off this weekend (Nov. 7-8) as teams of high school students from six Southern California counties assemble the 16-foot hulls they will equip and race next spring as part of Metropolitan Water District’s 14th annual Solar Cup.

Solar Cup, which Metropolitan began in 2002 with just eight teams and about 80 students, has become the largest solar-powered boat competition in the United States showcasing technical ingenuity, scientific skills, creativity and collaboration. This year, more than 900 students will participate on 40 Solar Cup teams in the three-day competition next spring (see attached list).

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 7) and Sunday (Nov. 8), teams will gather at Three Valleys Municipal Water District headquarters—at 1021 E. Miramar Ave in Claremont—to build identical, canoe-like hulls out of kits of pre-cut, marine-grade plywood.

Once the hulls are completed, the teams take them back to their schools to equip them over the next seven months with motors, batteries, solar-collection panels, rudders and steering systems.

The Solar Cup 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 resources, resource management, conservation and alternative energy development.

The program will conclude with the Solar Cup competition May 13-15, 2016 at Metropolitan’s Lake Skinner near Temecula in southwestern Riverside County, where the teams will compete in endurance and sprint races. The event is open to the public.

As part of the program, Metropolitan provides the hull kits and tool boxes and sponsors technical workshops for the teams and their teachers/advisors that represent schools in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Metropolitan’s member water agencies and, in some cases, local water retailers, sponsor the teams to help equip the boats. In addition to individual schools, this year three teams are comprised of students from multiple schools—boats representing the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, Hemet Unified School District and Perris Union High School District.

The 2016 Solar Cup program includes four first-time rookie teams that will compete with each other. Another 36 returning or veteran teams must build a new hull but may re-use motors, batteries, solar panels and other equipment from previous years.

Teams also are required to submit technical reports and create a public service announcement. Winners in the newcomer and veteran divisions will have the highest number of points from the competition, plus points awarded for attendance at workshops, technical reports and producing public service announcements.

The 2015 Solar Cup program featured 41 teams, of which nine were newcomers. Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, sponsored by Eastern Municipal Water District, captured first place in the veteran’s division. Cypress’ Oxford Academy, sponsored by the Municipal Water District of Orange County, took the top prize in the rookie division during the three-day event.

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.

Solar Cup™ 2016 Teams

Team/School NameCityMember Agency SponsorCo-Sponsor Agency
Academia AvanceLos AngelesLos Angeles Department of Water and Power
Alliance Collins Family College Ready High School*Huntington ParkCentral Basin MWD
Anaheim High SchoolAnaheimAnaheim Public Utilities
Arcadia High SchoolArcadiaUpper San Gabriel Valley MWD
Burbank High SchoolBurbankBurbank Water & Power
Calabasas High SchoolCalabasasLas Virgenes MWD
Chino High SchoolChinoInland Empire Utilities AgencyCity of Chino
Chino Hills High SchoolChino HillsInland Empire Utilities AgencyCity of Chino Hills
Coast High SchoolHuntington BeachMunicipal Water District of Orange CountyCity of Huntington Beach
Compton High SchoolComptonCity of Compton
David Gonzales SchoolCalabasasLas Virgenes MWD
Del Lago AcademyEscondidoSan Diego County Water Authority
Downey High SchoolDowneyCentral Basin MWD
Elsinore HS / Lakeside HSWildomarWestern MWDElsinore Valley MWD
Franklin High SchoolLos AngelesLos Angeles Department of Water and Power
Ganesha High SchoolPomonaThree Valleys MWD
Hemet USD Team (Tahquitz HS; Western Center Academy; West Valley HS)HemetEastern MWDRancho California Water District
High Tech High North CountySan MarcosSan Diego County Water Authority
John Muir High SchoolPasadenaPasadena Water & Power
Kaiser High School*FontanaInland Empire Utilities AgencyFontana Water Company
La Cañada High SchoolLa Cañada FlintridgeFoothill MWDLa Cañada Irrigation District
Laguna Beach High SchoolLaguna BeachMunicipal Water District of Orange CountyLaguna Beach County Water District
Lennox AcademyLennoxWest Basin MWD
Los Alamitos High School*Los AlamitosMunicipal Water District of Orange CountyGolden State Water
McBride High SchoolLong BeachLong Beach Water Department
Mountain View High SchoolEl MonteUpper San Gabriel Valley MWD
Nogales High SchoolLa PuenteThree Valleys MWD
Norte Vista High SchoolRiversideWestern MWDRiverside Public Utilities
Nuview Bridge Early College HSNuevoEastern MWDRancho California Water District
Oak Park High SchoolOak ParkCalleguas MWD
Palos Verdes High SchoolPalos Verdes EstatesWest Basin MWD
Palos Verdes Peninsula High SchoolRolling Hills EstatesWest Basin MWD
Paramount High School WestParamountCentral Basin MWD
Perris Union High SD Team (Heritage HS; Perris HS)RomolandEastern MWDRancho California Water District
Providence High SchoolBurbankBurbank Water & Power
Riverside Poly High SchoolRiversideWestern MWDRiverside Public Utilities
Santana High SchoolLa PuenteThree Valleys MWD
Savanna High SchoolAnaheimAnaheim Public Utilities
Venice HS STEMM Magnet*Los AngelesLos Angeles Department of Water and Power
West Covina High SchoolWest CovinaUpper San Gabriel Valley MWD

*Rookie Team

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