Solar Cup Competition

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The District is proud to sponsor Laguna Beach High School's participation in the annual Solar Cup Competition. The Solar Cup is an eco-boating competition in Temecula, California.

Paid for by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MET), the competition takes place on Lake Skinner and encourages high school teams to construct solar powered electric boats. To participate, each high school must receive a sponsorship from its local water agency to help outfit its boat with solar panels, motors, propellers and other necessary equipment. Built from identical kits of marine-caliber wood provided by MET, the boats are generally 16 feet long and weigh about 250 pounds.

Beginning in September, the Solar Cup is a seven-month program that includes a boat-building event and several workshops focusing on technical aspects, such as drive trains, electrical systems, solar power collection and steering systems. Teams are also required to meet deadlines for submitting illustrated reports on these systems. In 2007 the competition was split between "veteran" (returning) and "rookie" (new) teams. The competition is a scored event, divided into several categories: Technical Reports, Workshops, Visual Displays, Qualifying Times, Endurance Distance, and Sprint Times. Combined, all of these categories add up for a 1000 maximum possible points. Overall, over 40 high school teams from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura counties compete in the event.

Throughout the program, the students are challenged with report writing, public outreach for their team, and developing a strategy of speed versus efficiency for their boats. In addition to building a boat, teams are required to submit three technical reports, create a water conservation public service announcement, and present a water conservation activity at the Solar Cup event.

For more information on the Solar Cup Challenge, visit MWD Solar Cup Competition.