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[November 09, 2012]

High School Student Teams Begin Quest to Harness the Sun as Metropolitan's 11th Annual Solar Cup™ Kicks Off

LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:



 

WHAT:

Students from 22 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 2013.

 

WHEN:

Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Three Valleys Municipal Water District headquarters, 1021 E. Miramar Ave., Claremont (Los Angeles County Thomas Guide, page 571 6-F)

 

VISUALS:

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.

 

BACKGROUND:

Saturday's event marks the second boat-building session for Metropolitan's 11th annual Solar Cup program. A first group of 18 teams built their boats last Saturday (Nov. 3). Solar Cup concludes with three days of racing May 17-19, 2013 at Lake Skinner near Temecula in southwest Riverside County. Teams from 40 high schools in Los Angeles, Orange (News - Alert), Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties are participating in the 2012-13 event.

 
Solar Cup, which began in 2002 with just eight teams and about 80 students, has become the nation's largest solar-powered boat competition. Along the way, about 8,300 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.
 

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.

 

Boat Building Workshop ~ Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012

 

City

  Team/School Name   Member Agency Sponsor   Co-Sponsor Agency
Anaheim   Anaheim High School   Anaheim Public Utilities    
Lynwood   Firebaugh High School   Central Basin MWD    
Norwalk   Norwalk High School   Central Basin MWD    
Hemet   Hemet Unified Team   Eastern MWD   Rancho California Water District
San Jacinto   Nuview / San Jacinto Team   Eastern MWD   Rancho California Water District
Temecula   Temecula Valley Team   Eastern MWD   Rancho California Water District
Chino   Chino High School   Inland Empire Utilities Agency   City of Chino
Long Beach   Long Beach Poly HS   Long Beach Water Department    
Los Angeles   Academia Avance   Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power    
Los Angeles   Franklin High School   Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power    
Pasadena   John Muir High School   Pasadena Water & Power    
San Marcos   High Tech High North County   San Diego County Water Authority   Olivenhain MWD
San Diego   Hoover High School   San Diego County Water Authority    
Claremont   Claremont High School   Three Valleys MWD    
Glendora   Glendora High School   Three Valleys MWD    
Arcadia   Arcadia High School   Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD    
El Monte   El Monte High School   Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD    
La Puente   La Puente High School   Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD    
Duarte   Pamela Park / Duarte HS   Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD    
Palos Verdes Estates   Palos Verdes High School   West Basin MWD    
Rolling Hills Estates   Palos Verdes Peninsula HS   West Basin MWD    
Riverside   Arlington High School   Western MWD   Riverside Public Utilities


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