The pandemic changed the landscape in Eastern Municipal Water Districts education programs, and it also changed the format of Metropolitan Water District’s Solar Cup program. Traditionally the program is focused on gaining STEAM knowledge to race a solar-powered boat. Beginning in 2021, Solar Cup has been an online virtual challenge. The program broadened in scope, to give students a wider variety of activities to build upon their skills as they began to look to higher education and choose their career paths.
Solar Cup 2022 will again be an online virtual challenge. It will be TEAM-focused where high school students learn skills by working as a team, selecting from a menu of activities including robotics, solar power vehicles, utilizing CAD software, building online gaming, social media messaging, visual arts, and dream job skills.
Metropolitan Water District has 16 high schools throughout their region participating in the 2022 Solar Cup Challenge. Eastern Municipal Water District is proud to support two of these teams: San Jacinto Valley Academy (SJVA), located within San Jacinto Unified School District, and West Valley High School (WVHS), located within the Hemet Unified School District.
On May 12, 2022, during a virtual event, the Metropolitan Water
District of Southern California recognized the 2022 Online
Virtual Solar Cup Challenge participants and presented winning
teams with awards. Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is
pleased to announce that both teams have placed first in the
– West Valley High School, first place in the “OnShape Challenge”
– San Jacinto Valley Academy, first place in the “Electronics Challenge”.
EMWD congratulates the students and staff who participated.