Solar Cup is a youth program hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California that provides high school teams an opportunity to build and prepare a solar powered boat over a seven-month timeline and compete in a three- day sprint and endurance competition. The event is the culmination of several months of planning and building that offers student participants an opportunity to learn about natural resources, the development/use of alternative fuel sources, the protection of water quality, as well as program management skills. Upper District sponsors local high school teams to participate in the program.
Solar Cup 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as directed by Metropolitan Water District, Solar Cup 2021 will be an online STEAM-focused program where high school students will learn skills by working as a team and selecting from a menu of activities that cover a wide range of STEAM fields including robotics, solar power vehicles, utilizing CAD software, building online gaming, social media messaging, visual arts and dream job skills.
Teams will virtually race the solar vehicle kits they built at the end of the Solar Cup 2021 program.
Upper District 2021 Teams
Upper District is proud to sponsor the following high school teams:
- Los Altos High School
- Mountain View High School
- Mt. Sac Early College Academy
- Sierra Vista High School
- South Hills Academy
Benefits of the Program
Solar Cup provides students with:
- Hands-on opportunity to work with alternative energy sources.
- Opportunity to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Experience in working as a team.
- Awareness of potential technology that can be developed to help conserve water and energy.
- Awareness of the diversity of engineering and design careers related to the water industry and better understanding of the need for responsible use of natural resources.