Solar Cup Boat Building and Racing Competition

Solar Cup is the world’s largest high school solar boat building and racing competition in the world! This innovative seven-month water education and environmentally sustainable technology program is funded by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and its member agencies including West Basin Municipal Water District. Additional information on the program is available by contacting Education Coordinator Janel Ancayan at

Solar Cup 2020 Boat Building and Racing Competition Coverage

West Basin is proud to sponsor the following four high schools with funding to purchase and install electrical and mechanical equipment for their team boats:

Solar Cup 2.0

March 2020 – Los Angeles

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Metropolitan modified this year's program to Solar Cup 2.0. Solar Cup 2.0 provided current registered and sponsored teams a revised curriculum of assignments to successfully complete and submit in an online format.  Teams faced challenges in engineering, art, careers, and watershed.

Despite school closures and the cancellation of an in person event, the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School team participated in Solar Cup 2.0 and earned fifth place in the competition. Students virtually stepped up to the challenge and finished this year strong! For more information, click on the link below!

Solar Cup Technical Workshop, Occidental College

February 1, 2020 – Los Angeles

Solar Cup teams trek to the college campus on this Saturday morning to learn more about battery power, electrical systems, and how to master technical report writing and create effective public service announcements, all in an effort to increase their competition scores.  To view student engineers in action, click on the link below!

Boat Building Workshop, Three Valleys Municipal Water District

November 2, 2019 – Claremont 

36 Solar Cup student teams converged under huge tents to assemble pre-cut wooden pieces into 16-foot hollow canoe hulls. Students sawed, screwed, nailed, and glued into the afternoon, became familiar with terms such as “bow,” “stern,” “chines,” and “bulkhead,” then hauled their masterpieces back to school. Over the next 7 months, teams will install motors, propellers, drive shafts, and solar panels to operate their boats. Click on the links below to view the boat construction efforts of each West Basin team...