High School Student Teams Begin Quest to Harness the Sun as Metropolitan’s 15th Annual Solar Cup™ Kicks Off

Boat-building event this Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 5-6) sets off seven-month program, culminating with three-day competition in May 2017

LOS ANGELES--()--Metropolitan Water District:

 

WHAT:

Students from 45 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 2017.
 

WHEN:

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Three Valleys Municipal Water District headquarters, 1021 E. Miramar Ave., Claremont
 

VISUALS:

Hundreds of 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 and working to maximize their endurance, speed and mechanical efficiencies.
 

BACKGROUND:

The Solar Cup program culminates with three days of boat racing May 19-21, 2017, at Lake Skinner near Temecula in southwest Riverside County. Teams from 45 high schools in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties are participating in the 2016-17 event.

 
Solar Cup 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 began in 2002 with just eight teams and about 80 students and has since become the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. Along the way, more than 10,000 students have participated, showcasing technical ingenuity, scientific skills, creativity and collaboration.
 

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established 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.

     

City

  School Name   Member Agency Sponsor   Co-Sponsor Agency
SATURDAY BOAT BUILDING
Agoura Hills   Agoura High School**   Las Virgenes MWD    
Huntington Park   Alliance Collins Family College Ready High School   Central Basin MWD    
Garden Grove   Bolsa Grande High School**   Municipal Water District of Orange County    
Burbank   Burbank High School   Burbank Water & Power    
Chino   Chino High School   Inland Empire Utilities Agency   City of Chino
Chino Hills   Chino Hills High School   Inland Empire Utilities Agency   City of Chino Hills
Huntington Beach   Coast High School   Municipal Water District of Orange County   City of Huntington Beach
Compton   Compton High School   City of Compton    
Downey   Downey High School   Central Basin MWD    
Wildomar   Elsinore HS / Lakeside HS   Western MWD   Elsinore Valley MWD
Lawndale   Environmental Charter High School   West Basin MWD    
Pomona   Fremont Academy of Engineering & Design   Three Valleys MWD   City of Pomona
Norwalk   John Glenn High School   Central Basin MWD    
Pasadena   John Muir High School   Pasadena Water & Power    
Fontana   Kaiser High School   Inland Empire Utilities Agency   Fontana Water Company
La Cañada Flintridge   La Cañada High School   Foothill MWD   La Cañada Irrigation District & Valley Water Company
La Puente   La Puente High School   Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD    
Long Beach   McBride High School   Long Beach Water Department    
El Monte   Mountain View High School   Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD    
Riverside   Norte Vista High School   Western MWD   Riverside Public Utilities
Cypress   Oxford Academy   Municipal Water District of Orange County   Golden State Water
Paramount   Paramount High School West   Central Basin MWD    
Romoland   Perris Union High SD Team (Heritage HS; Paloma Valley HS; Perris HS)   Eastern MWD   Rancho California Water District
Riverside   Riverside Poly High School   Western MWD   Riverside Public Utilities
San Dimas   San Dimas High School   Three Valleys MWD   Golden State Water
Los Angeles   Venice HS STEMM Magnet   Los Angeles Department of Water and Power    
SUNDAY BOAT BUILDING
Los Angeles   Academia Avance   Los Angeles Department of Water and Power    
Anaheim   Anaheim High School   Anaheim Public Utilities    
Arcadia   Arcadia High School   Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD    
Los Angeles   Banning Academies of Creative And Innovative Sciences (BACIS)**   Los Angeles Department of Water and Power    
Calabasas   Calabasas High School   Las Virgenes MWD    
Escondido   Del Lago Academy   San Diego County Water Authority    
Pomona   Diamond Ranch High School   Three Valleys MWD   Walnut Valley Water District & City of Pomona
Los Angeles   Franklin High School   Los Angeles Department of Water and Power    
San Marcos   High Tech High North County   San Diego County Water Authority    
Lennox   Lennox Academy   West Basin MWD    
Rancho Cucamonga   Los Osos High School   Inland Empire Utilities Agency   Cucamonga Valley Water
Manhattan Beach   Mira Costa High School**   West Basin MWD    
Murrieta   Murrieta Mesa High School   Eastern MWD   Rancho California Water District
Nuevo   Nuview Bridge Early College HS   Eastern MWD   Rancho California Water District
Palos Verdes Estates   Palos Verdes High School   West Basin MWD    
Burbank   Providence High School   Burbank Water & Power    
La Puente   Santana High School   Three Valleys MWD   Rowland Water District
Temecula   Temecula Valley Team (Chaparral HS / Great Oak HS / Temecula HS)   Eastern MWD   Rancho California Water District
West Covina   West Covina High School   Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD    
 
** = Rookie school

Contacts

Metropolitan Water District
Rebecca Kimitch, 213-217-6450
mobile: 202-821-5253
or
Bob Muir, 213-217-6930
mobile: 213-324-5213

Contacts

Metropolitan Water District
Rebecca Kimitch, 213-217-6450
mobile: 202-821-5253
or
Bob Muir, 213-217-6930
mobile: 213-324-5213