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Solar Cup is a high school education program in which teams of students from throughout Southern California build and race solar-powered boats.  The  program typically culminates in a three-day competition at Lake Skinner in the Temecula Valley.  The program teaches students  about conservation of natural resources, electrical and mechanical engineering, problem-solving, and much more.

Solar Cup 2.0

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, Metropolitan modified this year's program to Solar Cup 2.0 Metropolitan will not host the Solar Cup competition event scheduled for May 15-17.

Solar Cup 2.0 provides current registered and sponsored teams a revised curriculum of assignments to successfully complete and submit in an online format.  The new program will be an individual student submission event.  Each Monday, challenges in engineering, art, careers, watersheds and the reimagined public service announcement will be uploaded with a challenge due date.

The focus is to have activities students can work on independently. Teachers can assist in proofreading and question comprehension. The role of the student is to remain the primary achiever in each assignment. Students will earn points and be recognized for the challenges they complete. Click here to learn more about the Solar Cup 2.0 Challenge

Completed challenges to be submitted via email to Julie Miller Kalbacher.

Students: Please include your name and school name on all submissions to ensure credit.

Outreach Project

Solar Cup 2018 Optional Resources





Solar Cup Careers Webinar

This June 4, 2020 webinar taught students about sustainability careers in water and energy.

Solar Cup Boat Art Challenge

Watch a video of the submissions.



Student PSAs

   Watch the top PSAs by
   participating high school
   Solar Cup teams.



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(866) 95-SOLAR
(866) 957-6527
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