Four Orange County high schools have begun to assemble the 16-foot hulls they will equip and race next spring as part of Metropolitan Water District’s 14th annual Solar Cup.
The race that began in 2002 with just eight teams and about 80 students has become the largest solar-powered boat competition in the nation, showcasing technical ingenuity, scientific skills, creativity and collaboration, the water district said in a statement.
This year, more than 900 students will participate on 40 teams in the three-day competition, including a contingent from Laguna Beach High School and three others in the county.
Earlier this month, teams gathered at Three Valleys Municipal Water District in Claremont to build identical, canoe-like hulls from pre-cut, marine-grade plywood. Over the next seven months, the teams will equip them with motors, batteries, solar-collection panels, rudders and steering systems. The race takes place May 13-15 at Lake Skinner near Temecula.
The program allows students to apply math, physics, engineering and communications, while learning about resource management, conservation and alternative energy development, the district says.Firebrand Media LLC wants comments that advance the discussion, and we need your help to accomplish this mission. Debate and disagreement are welcomed on our platforms but do it with respect. We won't censor comments we disagree with. Viewpoints from across the political spectrum are welcome here. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, our community is not obliged to host all comments shared on its website or social media pages, including:
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