This weekend, May 14-16, 700 high school students from Southern California will compete in the 8th annual Solar Cup boat race on Lake Skinner in Temecula. Students from 36 high schools have spent the last 7 months perfecting their single-seat, 16-foot solar sculls in preparation for the event, which is put on by the Metropolitan Water District.
For three days, the boats will vie for the Cup in a series of events. Friday, they will be inspected and tested for safety and maneuverability by MWD staff and a team from Occidental College. On Saturday, the boats will sport solar panels on a 1.6-kilometer endurance race around the lake. Sunday will see the boats compete in 200-meter sprint races without solar panels, running only on solar energy stored in batteries.
There are two divisions at the Solar Cup, Veterans and Newcomers, each vying for their own Cup. Teams are culled from high schools in Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. Last year’s winners in both divisions are from Anaheim and will be looking to defend their championships in the Veterans division. Points are awarded for more than just winning races. The winner in each division will have the highest total points in competitions as well as technical inspections, submission of technical reports and creation of a public information project, including a public announcement and a water-science or water-conservation activity.
There will also be awards for the teams in each division with the “Hottest-Looking Boat.”
The races this weekend are open to the public from 8am to 4pm, and races are easily visible from the shore of Lake Skinner. Temecula is located in southwestern Riverside County. For information, including videos and photos from the seven previous Solar Cup races, visit the Metropolitan Water District’s website and click on Education Programs.
Source: News Blaze
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