Solar Skills Power Students’ Boats

[] Students from high schools throughout Southern California are hoping for sun in May. That’s when the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is holding their third annual Solar Cup solar-powered boat race, and there are 33 Southland area high schools signed up for the competition. Each team receives bundles of pre-cut marine plywood pieces, which are assembled into 16-foot, single-seat shells. Teams must then equip their boats with drivetrains, electrical systems, solar-collection equipment and steering. Sponsoring water agencies provide each team with $3,000 to equip their boat and for related expenses. Metropolitan assumes the costs of several student workshops, the main events, administration and related costs.

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