May 20, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UPPER DISTRICT’S THREE HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS SHINE AT 2016 SOLAR CUP COMPETITION
MONROVIA, CA – On May 13-15, 2016, roughly 700 students from 38 high school teams across Southern California competed in the 14th Annual Solar Cup™ Competition hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).
Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) is one of MWD’s twenty-six member agencies that sponsored the participation of three high school teams from the district. Upper District’s 2016 Solar Cup™ participants included teams from Arcadia High School, Mountain View High School (El Monte), and West Covina High School. After seven months of preparation, boat building, and hands-on learning about solar energy, engineering, and water conservation, these three teams joined other southland high schools to compete in sprint and endurance races at MWD’s Lake Skinner in southwest Riverside County’s Temecula Valley.
“We are very proud of all three teams that competed in this year’s Solar Cup. They displayed such dedication and sportsmanship throughout the year, and truly represented the San Gabriel Valley in the best of way,” stated Upper District Board President, Bryan Urias, Division 5.
In addition to points earned in the races, teams can earn points from technical inspections, completion of technical reports and creation of a public service message project. These messages focus on water conservation in the form of a 60-second, self-scripted and produced, conservation video or social media campaign under the theme, “Conservation Rain or Shine.”
Among Upper District’s sponsored teams, awards were given to:
– Arcadia High School: Public Service Announcement – 1st Place Veteran Region, Foothill
– Mountain View High School: Solar Endurance – 2nd Place Veteran Region, Foothill
– West Covina High School: Hottest-Looking Boat – 1st Place Veteran, Overall
Solar Cup is a school-year-long program in which the participating students build, equip and race a 16-foot long, single-seated canoe, which is powered only by the sun. The Solar Cup program is a team-oriented educational-based competition which allows students to apply their skills learned within the classroom: math, physics, engineering and communications; and implement them in a real world setting by constructing and operating a solar-powered canoe. The Solar Cup program couples this by teaching the students about Southern California’s water supplies, resource management, conservation and alternative energy development.
Since its start in 2002, more than 10,000 students have participated in Solar Cup, some of whom have gone on to pursue to careers in engineering and environmental sciences.
Additional information, such as final scores, and event photos and video footage from this year’s and past Solar Cup events can be found at www.mwdh2o.com/inthecommunity
Download Press Release: Press Release – 2016 Solar Cup – 5.19.16