Over the weekend, a team comprised of Coast High School (CHS) students and teachers competed in the 14th annual Solar Cup, an educational program in which students build and race 16-foot, single-seat solar-powered boats. For over seven months, Coast’s team has been hard at work in preparation for the program’s three-day competition at Lake Skinner in Temecula Valley.
This year’s competition consisted of a total of 38 teams from six counties – Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura. Hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWDSC), students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in math, physics, engineering, and communications while also learning about Southern California’s water resources, resource management, conservation, and alternative energy development.
On Friday, all teams competed in a qualifying event to ensure boats met rules and were safe and seaworthy. The following day, each team attached solar-collection panels in order to compete in two, 90-minute 1.6 kilometer endurance races. For the last day, the solar-collection panels were removed and boats had to run on solar energy stored in batteries to race down a 200-meter stretch.
Following this fierce weekend competition, Coast triumphed with three first place trophies in the South County Division including technical support, public service announcement, and endurance race. Additionally, the team received the Bart Bezyack Memorial Spirit of Solar Cup Trophy Sportsmanship Award for assisting with race equipment, helping get fellow boats out of the water, and picking up trash throughout the weekend.
Great work, Coast!