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High School Student Teams Begin Quest to Harness the Sun as Metropolitan’s 11th Annual Solar Cup Kicks Off

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Solar Cup, which began in 2002 with just eight teams and about 80 students, has become the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. Along the way, about 8,300 students have participated in Solar Cup competitions, which allow students to apply their skills in math, physics, engineering and communications, while learning about Southern California’s water sources, resource management and alternative energy development.




 

 

Boat-building event this Saturday (Nov. 10) sets off seven-month program, concluding with three-day competition in May 2013

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

WHAT: Students from 22 high school teams (see accompanying list) throughout Southern California will piece together canoe-like hulls they will eventually race in Metropolitan Water District’s three-day solar boat competition in May 2013.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Three Valleys Municipal Water District headquarters, 1021 E. Miramar Ave., Claremont (Los Angeles County Thomas Guide, page 571 6-F)
VISUALS: Students building 16-foot canoe-like hulls from pre-cut kits of marine-grade plywood. Teams will then take the hulls back to their schools and spend the next seven months equipping them with solar panels, motors, batteries and steering.
BACKGROUND: Saturday’s event marks the second boat-building session for Metropolitan’s 11th annual Solar Cup program. A first group of 18 teams built their boats last Saturday (Nov. 3). Solar Cup concludes with three days of racing May 17-19, 2013 at Lake Skinner near Temecula in southwest Riverside County. Teams from 40 high schools in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties are participating in the 2012-13 event.
Solar Cup, which began in 2002 with just eight teams and about 80 students, has become the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. Along the way, about 8,300 students have participated in Solar Cup competitions, which allow students to apply their skills in math, physics, engineering and communications, while learning about Southern California’s water sources, resource management and alternative energy development.

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.

Boat Building Workshop ~ Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012
City Team/School Name Member Agency Sponsor Co-Sponsor Agency
Anaheim Anaheim High School Anaheim Public Utilities
Lynwood Firebaugh High School Central Basin MWD
Norwalk Norwalk High School Central Basin MWD
Hemet Hemet Unified Team Eastern MWD Rancho California Water District
San Jacinto Nuview / San Jacinto Team Eastern MWD Rancho California Water District
Temecula Temecula Valley Team Eastern MWD Rancho California Water District
Chino Chino High School Inland Empire Utilities Agency City of Chino
Long Beach Long Beach Poly HS Long Beach Water Department
Los Angeles Academia Avance Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power
Los Angeles Franklin High School Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power
Pasadena John Muir High School Pasadena Water & Power
San Marcos High Tech High North County San Diego County Water Authority Olivenhain MWD
San Diego Hoover High School San Diego County Water Authority
Claremont Claremont High School Three Valleys MWD
Glendora Glendora High School Three Valleys MWD
Arcadia Arcadia High School Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD
El Monte El Monte High School Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD
La Puente La Puente High School Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD
Duarte Pamela Park / Duarte HS Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD
Palos Verdes Estates Palos Verdes High School West Basin MWD
Rolling Hills Estates Palos Verdes Peninsula HS West Basin MWD
Riverside Arlington High School Western MWD Riverside Public Utilities

Contacts

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Bob Muir, 213-217-6930; 213-324-5213, mobile
or
Armando Acuña, 213-217-6853; 530-574-3111, mobile

 

 

 

 



 

 

 
 
 

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