Nearly 1,000 Southland High School Students to Compete in Nation’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Competition

Metropolitan’s 13th annual Solar Cup provides students progressive educational opportunity to learn about water conservation while developing interest in science, math and engineering careers

LOS ANGELES--()--Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:

WHAT:

Three-day Solar Cup™ competition with nearly 1,000 of the region’s brightest students from 41 high school teams racing solar-powered boats they built and equipped starting Friday, May 15. The event wraps up a school-year-long water conservation and education program sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
 

Note: Student teams are still putting finishing touches on their boats before testing them on the lake during the weekends leading up to the event. Call to arrange interviews/coverage before May 15.

 

WHEN:

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 15-17)
 

WHERE:

Lake Skinner, Temecula Valley. Take Interstate 15 to Rancho California Road at Temecula, go 10 miles northeast to main gate, following signs to site.
 

VISUALS:

Each day features students, many in coordinated team colors, working on, launching and racing solar-powered boats. Competition includes student-produced, 30- to 60-second water conservation videos. Media boat is available to take reporters, photographers and television/cable crews onto lake for close-up footage. B-roll footage is available via FTP site.
 

BACKGROUND:

SolarCup, which began in 2002 with eight teams and about 80 students, has become the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. Along the way, about 9,000 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.

FOOTAGE FROM LAST YEAR’S EVENT: https://youtu.be/X5navYgOqZY

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.

2015 Solar Cup™ Team List

     
Team/School Name   City   Member Agency Sponsor   Co-Sponsor Agency
Academia Avance   Los Angeles   Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power    
Anaheim High School   Anaheim   Anaheim Public Utilities    
Arcadia High School   Arcadia   Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD    
Burbank High School*   Burbank   Burbank Water & Power    
Calabasas High School   Calabasas   Las Virgenes MWD    
California Academy of Math & Science   Carson   West Basin MWD    
Chino High School   Chino   Inland Empire Utilities Agency   City of Chino
Chino Hills High School*   Chino Hills   Inland Empire Utilities Agency   City of Chino Hills
Claremont High School   Claremont   Three Valleys MWD    
Coast High School*   Huntington Beach   Municipal Water District of Orange County   City of Huntington Beach
Compton High School   Compton   City of Compton    
David Gonzales School   Calabasas   Las Virgenes MWD    
Del Lago Academy*   Escondido   San Diego County Water Authority    
Downey High School   Downey   Central Basin MWD    
Elsinore HS / Lakeside HS   Wildomar   Western MWD   Elsinore Valley MWD
Environmental Charter HS   Lawndale   West Basin MWD    
Franklin High School   Los Angeles   Los Angeles Department of Water and Power    
Fremont Academy of Engineering & Design   Pomona   Three Valleys MWD    
High Tech High North County   San Marcos   San Diego County Water Authority    
John Glenn High School   Norwalk   Central Basin MWD    
John Muir High School   Pasadena   Pasadena Water & Power    
La Cañada High School   La Cañada Flintridge   Foothill MWD   La Cañada Irrigation District
Laguna Beach High School   Laguna Beach   Municipal Water District of Orange County   Laguna Beach County Water District
Lennox Academy*   Lennox   West Basin MWD    
Long Beach Poly High School   Long Beach   Long Beach Water Department    
Los Osos High School   Rancho Cucamonga   Inland Empire Utilities Agency   Cucamonga Valley Water District
McBride High School*   Long Beach   Long Beach Water Department    
Moreno Valley USD Team   Moreno Valley   Eastern MWD   Rancho California Water District
Mountain View High School   El Monte   Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD    
Murrieta Valley USD /Perris Union High SD Team   Murrieta   Eastern MWD   Rancho California Water District
Norte Vista High School   Riverside   Western MWD   Riverside Public Utilities
Nuview Bridge Early College HS   Nuevo   Eastern MWD   Rancho California Water District
Oak Park High School   Oak Park   Calleguas MWD    
Oxford Academy*   Cypress   Municipal Water District of Orange County    
Paramount High School West   Paramount   Central Basin MWD    
Providence High School   Burbank   Burbank Water & Power    
Riverside Poly High School*   Riverside   Western MWD   Riverside Public Utilities
San Dimas High School   San Dimas   Three Valleys MWD    
Savanna High School   Anaheim   Anaheim Public Utilities    
West Covina High School   West Covina   Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD    
Western High School*   Anaheim   Anaheim Public Utilities    

* Rookie Teams

Contacts

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Sherita Coffelt, (213) 217-6450; (214) 477-6999, mobile

Contacts

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Sherita Coffelt, (213) 217-6450; (214) 477-6999, mobile