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Boat races will test nautical notions of Southern California Solar Cup teams

Students from Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga hope to take a voyage to victory when they compete in the 2019 Solar Cup this weekend at Lake Skinner in Winchester.
More than three dozen high school teams have spent seven months preparing for the solar-powered boating contest, which is sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. In addition to building a boat and racing it, students must create a public service announcement promoting conservation.​
Junior Ronit Nath works on the engine as Los Osos Solar Cup club members tinker with their boat after school at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The team will be competing in the 17th annual Solar Cup Competition in Winchester this weekend. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Junior Tyler Congrove, left, and sophomore Shelton Chiu work on the boat after school at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The Los Osos Solar Cup club will be competing in the 17th annual Solar Cup Competition in Winchester this weekend. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Sophomore Shelton Chiu works on the boat after school at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The Los Osos Solar Cup club will be competing in the 17th annual Solar Cup Competition in Winchester this weekend. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Los Osos Solar Cup club members work on their boat after school at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The team will be competing in the 17th annual Solar Cup Competition in Winchester this weekend. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Sophomore Kaiway Tang replaces a solar panel as Los Osos Solar Cup club members work on their boat after school at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The team will be competing in the 17th annual Solar Cup Competition in Winchester this weekend. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Los Osos Solar Cup club members work on their boat after school at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The team will be competing in the 17th annual Solar Cup Competition in Winchester this weekend. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Los Osos Solar Cup club members test their boat at Puddingstone Lake at Bonelli Park last weekend. (Courtesy Photo)
Los Osos Solar Cup club members test their boat at Puddingstone Lake at Bonelli Park last weekend. (Courtesy Photo)
Los Osos Solar Cup club members build their boat in November, 2018. (Courtesy Photo)
Los Osos Solar Cup club members build their boat in November, 2018. (Courtesy Photo)
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“It’s all about the teamwork. It’s all about the collaboration,” said Kathy Diver, the Los Osos team’s advisor and a biology and water technology teacher at the school. “It’s not the tech skills, although that’s some of it for some of them. Some of them have never used a hammer in their life, and now we’re building a freakin’ boat.”
That’s definitely part of the appeal for some of the Los Osos team members.
“No other club offers you a power drill or lets you operate a saw,” said Los Osos sophomore Kaiway Tang, 16, whose older brother had been in the club. “The Solar Club is the only tool where you’ll operate tools like this.”
Last weekend, the Los Osos team took their boat out for a seaworthiness test, navigating the waters of Puddingstone Lake at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas.
“It was my first time ever driving any type of boat,” said Los Osos freshman Gunjan Sharma, 14. “There were some people with sailboats and I remember we got dangerously close to some of them. It was so scary for me.”
The contest brings together 41 teams from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties to compete this weekend at Lake Skinner in southwest Riverside County.

“It’s built their confidence,” said Brett Schumm, the Solar Cup advisor for Anaheim High School. “A few of them are going to possibly pursue engineering or automotive or something to do with energy, because they now feel capable.”
“We are super-excited and inspired to be part of the Solar Cup races,” said Ruth Hellams, the Solar Cup advisor for Del Lago Academy in the Escondido Union High School District. “I’m looking forward to being there with our students and participating in this incredible event.”
Olivia Dominguez, 16, a sophomore at West Valley High School in Hemet, enjoyed the engineering work she did for Hemet Unified’s Team Hemet.
“It was fun to work with other students that love engineering as much as I do,” Dominguez wrote in an email. “We all work well together and were able to find time in our busy schedules to have a fun, exciting and educational time together. I’m so thankful for the experience in engineering that this club gave me.”
The Solar Cup 2019 races are open to the public: Qualifying races will be held from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Friday, May 17. Endurance races are from 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Saturday, and the sprint races are  from 9 a.m. to about noon Sunday.
All races will be at Lake Skinner, 37701 Warren Road, Winchester. For more information on the Solar Cup, call 866-957-6527 or visit MWDH2O.com .
Schools participating in Solar Cup 2019, and their sponsors:

Anaheim High School Anaheim, Anaheim Public Utilities
Burbank High School Burbank, Burbank Water & Power
Cabrillo High School Long Beach, Long Beach Water Department
Calabasas High School Calabasas, Las Virgenes MWD
Centennial High School Corona, Western MWD, City of Corona DWP
Centinela Valley Union High School Lawndale, West Basin MWD
Chino Hills High School Chino Hills, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, City of Chino Hills
Compton High School Compton, City of Compton
Costa Mesa High School Costa Mesa, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Mesa Water District
Del Lago Academy Escondido, San Diego County Water Authority
Diamond Ranch High School Pomona, Three Valleys MWD, Walnut Valley, City of Pomona
Don Bosco Technical Institute Rosemead, Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD
Downey High School Downey, Central Basin MWD
Eastvale STEM Academy at Roosevelt High School Corona, Western MWD, Jurupa Community Services District
Elsinore / Lakeside / Temescal Canyon High School Wildomar, Western MWD, Elsinore Valley MWD
Franklin High School Los Angeles, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Ganesha High School Pomona, Three Valleys MWD, City of Pomona
Glendale High School Glendale, City of Glendale
Hemet USD Team Hemet, Eastern MWD, Rancho California Water District
High Tech High North County San Marcos, San Diego County Water Authority
John Muir High School Pasadena, Pasadena Water & Power
La Cañada High School La Cañada Flintridge, Foothill MWD, La Cañada Irrigation District, Valley Water Company
Lennox Math, Science & Technology Academy Lennox, West Basin MWD
Los Altos High School Hacienda Heights, Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD
Los Osos High School Rancho Cucamonga, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Cucamonga Valley Water
Magnolia High School Anaheim, Anaheim Public Utilities
McBride High School Long Beach, Long Beach Water Department
Mira Costa High School Manhattan Beach, West Basin MWD
Mountain View High School El Monte, Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD
Nogales High School La Puente, Three Valleys MWD, Rowland Water District
Norte Vista High School Riverside, Western MWD, Riverside Public Utilities
Oaks Christian School Westlake Village, Las Virgenes MWD
Oxford Academy Cypress, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Golden State Water
Palos Verdes High School Palos Verdes Estates, West Basin MWD
Perris Union High SD Team Romoland, Eastern MWD, Rancho California Water District
Pomona High School Pomona, Three Valleys MWD, City of Pomona
San Jacinto Valley Academy San Jacinto, Eastern MWD, Rancho California Water District
Sierra Vista High School Baldwin Park, Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD
Temecula Valley Unified School District Team Temecula, Eastern MWD, Rancho California Water District
Upland High School Upland, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, City of Upland
Venice High School STEMM Magnet Los Angeles, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

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