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Solar Cup High School Education Program

Solar Cup logo. West Valley High Competes and Wins in the 2021 Solar Cup Challenge.

The pandemic changed the landscape in EMWD’s 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. 

In 2021, 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 2021 was an online STEAM-focused program where high school students learned skills by working as a team, selecting from a menu of activities to include robotics, solar power vehicles, utilizing CAD software, building online gaming, social media messaging, visual arts and dream job skills.

West Valley High School (WVHS), located within the Hemet Unified School District, took on the challenge of participating in the 2021 Virtual Solar Cup Challenge. Sean Mathews, an Engineering and AP Physics teacher at WVHS, led his students in the various challenges presented by Metropolitan Water District. 

Metropolitan Water District had more than 300 students from 16 high schools throughout their region participate in the 2021 Solar Cup Challenge. Eastern Municipal Water District is pleased to announce that their team, West Valley High School, placed first in the “OnShape Challenge – Lesser Time Commitment” and third place in the “Electronics Challenge.”