Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

“Sun . . . Camera . . . Action!”: Metropolitan Water District’s Solar Cup—Nation’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Competition—Gears up for Three Days of Racing, Beginning Next Friday, May 13

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:

WHAT:       Hundreds of students from 40 high school teams throughout Southern California are making final run-throughs and adjustments to their single-seat, solar-powered 16-foot boats in preparation for Metropolitan’s ninth annual Solar Cup™ competition.
         
WHEN:      

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 13-15. Boats are inspected and put through qualifying tests Friday. Saturday features 1.6-kilometer endurance competition using solar-collection panels. Sunday is highlighted by 200-meter sprint races and awards ceremony.

         
WHERE:       Lake Skinner (Riverside County Thomas Guide page 930, 4-D). Take Interstate 15 to Rancho California Road, Temecula. Go northeast 10 miles to main gate.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES, VISUALS:

In advance of next week’s three-day regatta, teams are making final tweaks to their hand-built boats equipped with solar panels, motors, batteries and steering.This culminates seven months of preparation, study and teamwork.Several teams will be testing their boats in school pools or nearby lakes.Contact Bob Muir or Armando Acuña for the latest developments and photo opportunities.

During competition, reporters, photographers and camera crews may be taken out onto the water for competition close-ups.Team interviews at launch ramp arranged for morning news programs as early as 6 a.m.

PARTICIPANTS:

Solar Cup teams from high schools in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties (see following list). The program, which began in 2002 with just eight teams and about 80 students, has become the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. Along the way, Solar Cup has encouraged many participants to attend college and to pursue careers in engineering, science, environmental sciences and communication.

For more information, a schedule of events, and videos, photos, and winners of past Solar Cup competitions, see the Solar Cup link under Education Programs at mwdh2o.com.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 19 million people in six counties.The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

2011 SOLAR CUP SCHOOLS, SPONSORS

                   
City     Team/School Name     Member Agency Sponsor     Co-Sponsor Agency
Anaheim     Anaheim High School     Anaheim Public Utilities      
Anaheim     Canyon High School     Anaheim Public Utilities      
Anaheim     Savanna High School     Anaheim Public Utilities      
Arcadia     Arcadia High School*     Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD      
Calabasas     David Gonzales School Los Angeles County Office of Education*     Las Virgenes MWD      
Carson     California Academy of Math & Science*     West Basin MWD      
Compton     Compton High School     City of Compton      
Corona     Centennial High School     Western MWD     Corona Dept of Water & Power
Covina     Diamond Ranch High School     Three Valleys MWD     Walnut Valley Water District
Downey     Warren High School     Central Basin MWD      
Duarte     Pamela Park / Duarte High School     Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD      
Fullerton     Sunny Hills High School     City of Fullerton      
Hacienda Heights     Los Altos High School     Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD      
Hemet     West Valley High School*     Eastern MWD      
Huntington Park     Huntington Park High School*     Central Basin MWD      
La Cañada Flintridge     La Cañada High School     Foothill MWD     La Cañada Irrigation District
La Puente     La Puente High School     Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD      
La Verne     Damien High School     Three Valleys MWD     City of LaVerne
Lake Forest     El Toro High School     Municipal Water District of Orange County     Irvine Ranch Water District
Lawndale     Environmental Charter High School     West Basin MWD      
Long Beach     Long Beach Poly High School     Long Beach Water Department      
Los Angeles     Academia Avance     Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power      
Los Angeles     Roosevelt High School     Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power      
Murrieta     Murrieta Mesa High School     Western MWD     Rancho California Water District
Norwalk     Southeast ROP /Norwalk High School     Central Basin MWD      
Nuevo     Nuview Bridge Early College High School     Eastern MWD      
Oak Park     Oak Park High School*     Calleguas MWD      
Paramount     Paramount High School West*     Central Basin MWD      
Pasadena     John Muir High School     Pasadena Water & Power      
Pomona     Ganesha High School*     Three Valleys MWD     City of Pomona
Rancho Cucamonga     Los Osos High School*     Inland Empire Utilities Agency     Cucamonga Valley Water District
Riverside     Arlington High School     Western MWD     Riverside Public Utilities
Rolling Hills Estates     Palos Verdes Peninsula High School     West Basin MWD      
San Diego     San Diego High School ~ SciTech     San Diego County Water Authority      
San Jacinto     San Jacinto High School     Eastern MWD      
San Marcos     High Tech High School North County*     San Diego County Water Authority     San Diego Miramar College ATTE Center
Temecula     Great Oak & Chaparral High Schools     Eastern MWD      
Torrance     West High School     West Basin MWD      
Walnut     Walnut High School     Three Valleys MWD     Walnut Valley Water District
Wildomar     Elsinore High School     Western MWD      

* New Team

MWD Municipal Water District

Official List as of 5/5/11

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