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Solar Cup 2017 Boat Building and Racing Competition


Solar Cup is the world's largest solar boat building and racing competition in the world!  This innovative seven-month water education and environmentally sustainable technology program is funded and coordinated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California!  West Basin is proud to sponsor the following four South Bay Cities high schools with funding to purchase and install electrical and mechanical equipment for their boats:

Click on the links below to view Facebook photo albums of their efforts and track each team's progress!

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Solar Cup Technical Workshop at Occidental College, Los Angeles

Solar Cup team representatives visit the college campus, interact with college students who serve as technical resource folk for the Solar Cup program, and are immersed in the technology of motors, electric circuits and solar panels.  They also learn about the energy and water nexus and the current water supply issues facing the Southern California region.

    * Team workshop photos


Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2016 - Boat Building Workshop at Three Valleys Municipal Water District, Claremont

Solar Cup student teams converged under a huge tent to assemble pre-cut wooden pieces into a 16-foot hollow canoe hulls. Students sawed, screwed, nailed and glued into the afternoon, became familiar with terms such as "bow," "stern," "chines," and "bulkhead," then hauled their masterpieces back to school. Over the next 7 months, teams will install motors, propellers, drive shafts and solar panels to operate their boats.



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