Solar Cup is a STEAM-focused education program in which high school teams, sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) and its member agencies, learn about water conservation and renewable energy by building and racing solar-powered boats during a seven-month period. As part of the program, the teams research and complete various technical reports and create a water-related public service announcement. The program culminates in a three-day competition, including both sprint and endurance races, at Lake Skinner, located in Temecula.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Solar Cup 2022 was held online, offering students a menu of activities that cover a wide range of STEAM fields by building a water-saving device combined with robotics, creating a zero emission vehicle, utilizing CAD software, learning basics of electronics and circuits, creating a water conservation campaign, and sharpening skills that can help them explore educational and training opportunities that could lead to landing their dream jobs.
The Inland Empire Utilities Agency proudly co-sponsored the following three high school teams this program year: Chino Hills High School in the city of Chino Hills, Colony High School in the city of Ontario and Upland High School in the city of Upland.