Last weekend, students from Murrieta Mesa High School competed in the nation’s largest solar- powered boat race, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Solar Cup. In the final race on Sunday, students powered across Lake Skinner in single-seat 16 foot boats of their own design.
The boats are equipped with solar panels and fueled by solar energy batteries. Students utilize math, physics, engineering and communication to construct these boats by hand. In addition, teams must produce a public service announcement or hold social media campaign encouraging water conservation in their community.
Riverside Poly High snagged first place in the veteran’s category and first place in the rookie division was Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. The solar cup is an annual event . Since its start in 2002 over 10,000 students have participated in the races.
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