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Area Teams Secure Solar Cup Victories

Press Release

Perris, CA (June 2, 2022) — Two local high schools were recognized as winning teams as part of the 2022 Solar Cup virtual competition hosted by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).

West Valley High School in Hemet received first-place honors for the “OnShape Challenge” and San Jacinto Valley Academy won the “Electronics Challenge” categories, respectively.

The OnShape Challenge involves teams creating 3-D modeling using cloud-based online software.  The Electronics Challenge focuses on electronics principles where teams build a multimeter and test different circuits.

Solar Cup is sponsored by MWD and is designed to teach high school students about science, technology, and water conservation as part of its annual program. EMWD sponsors teams from within its service area as part of the annual competition.

The year-long competition traditionally includes students making solar-powered boats and racing them in a multi-day competition at Lake Skinner. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the competition has been virtual the past two years and includes a new set of challenging activities for the teams, including robotics, computer-aided design, game development, social media, visual arts and career-building.

“EMWD is proud of the students’ work in this year’s Solar Cup competition,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “This program provides valuable opportunities to engage students with science and engineering, while also teaching them about natural resources including water supplies.”

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Eastern Municipal Water District is the water, wastewater service and recycled water provider to nearly one million people living and working within a 558-square mile service area in western Riverside County. It is California’s sixth-largest retail water agency, and its mission is “To deliver value to our diverse customers and the communities we serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water services.”
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