Coast High School Participates in 2015 Solar Cup Race

California is in the middle of a drought, but students at Simon Youth Coast High School Academy helped raise awareness and test their engineering skills last month by racing solar-powered boats.

Coast High School was one of the 41 high schools to participate in the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition, the Solar Cup. Despite being one of 9 first-time participating schools, Coast took home the Bart Bezyack Memorial Spirit of Solar Cup Trophy Teamwork Award.

Solar Cup is a seven-month school program where students build and race 16-foot, single-seat boats powered using only solar energy. The team-based competition allows students to use their skills in math, physics, engineering and technology. Throughout the program, students are able to learn about water resources, alternative energy resources and electrical and mechanical engineering. The Solar Cup features a 1 kilometer endurance race and a 200 meter sprint race that teams compete in.

As part of the program, students must create a public service message lasting 30-60 seconds and incorporate this years theme of “Don’t Waste Another Minute Wasting Water”. Coast High School received the highest score for their public service message with a perfect score of 250. Teams were scored based on their creativity, originality and message effectiveness, among other categories.

The three-day annual event began on May 16th at Lake Skinner in Temecula Valley, California. Participating teams come from six counties in the metropolitan area.

Congratulations, Coast High School!

Simon Youth Coast High School Academy is located in Huntington Beach, California and is in partnership with Huntington Beach Union High School District.  

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